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U B L I S H E D 



NOR DUMMER ACADEMY 






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then 



now 



Mathematics and Science 



he "science" of teaching mathematics and science has changed dramatically over the years, as the 
1961 photograph of Ben Stone's mathematics class suggests. It is doubtful that any of the students 
who will use 




T 

the Academy's 
new Mathemat- 
ics-Science Center will ever 
even hold a slide rule, much 
less learn to use one. 

The photograph at 
top, dated 1915, shows 
Mason Cottage, built in 1912 
with a $6,000 loan from Miss 
Ida Mason, a friend of the 

Noyes family. Originally a faculty residence, Mason Cottage served as a 
dormitory and a faculty residence again before being razed last summer to 
make way for the Mathematics-Science Center. In this photograph, the 
original Peirce Cottage is visible at left. Completed in 1905, Peirce Cottage 
was completely destroyed by fire on December 12, 1917. It was replaced by 
Cleaveland Hall, which was redesignated — for unknown reasons — as Peirce 
Hall in 1921. 

The 1946 photograph at bottom shows Peirce Hall and Lang Gymna- 
sium (completed in 1921 and converted to 
the Schumann Science Center in 1971) at 
right. Parsons Schoolhouse is visible at 
center, while Noyes Library (dedicated in 
1930) is at far left. Also known as "Uncle 
Tom's Cabin," the library was constructed 
through a donation from Charles W. 
Brown, Class of 1870, in memory of GDA 
Trustee Edward P. Noyes. Brown had 
roomed in the Noyes Boarding House 
while a student at GDA. Noyes Library 
was moved about 100 feet closer to 
Parsons last summer to make way for the 
Mathematics-Science Center. 





The 



Archon 



TABLE OF CONTENTS 



WINTER 19 9 7 



FEATURES 




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The Lost Boys of Kakuma 

Deirdre B. Heersink '92 went to Africa in search of a 
school project and found 17,000 boys who had 
risked unimaginable odds to find education. Then 
she came home with a mission. Memoir 







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Making Meaning 
from the World 

Now that it's "cool" to be a part of the Academy's 
arts programs, students are becoming involved as 
never before and finding that the arts help to make 
sense of the world. Article 



Orchestrating Retirement 

Wally Rowe, retired after 40 years of teaching, 
describes his new life as a gentleman of literature 
and leisure... while half expecting to be struck down 
for enjoying himself too much. Memoir 



The Governor's Legacy 

When William Dummer died, he left behind more 
than the site for a new school; perhaps without 
knowing it, he had sown the seeds for a brand new 
form of education in the New World. As GDA's first 
head, Samuel Moody provided the direction for all 
preparatory schools to follow. Historical perspective 





On the Cover 

Arts Department Chair Christopher 

Stowens offers Christine Bussiere 

'99 some musical direction during a 

rehearsal in the Moseley Chapel. DEPARTMENTS 

Class Notes 24 

Headmaster's Message 3 

Letters 2 

Milestones 23 

On Campus 4 



The Archon is printed on recycled paper. 




Letters 



Being Politic? 

At breakfast this morning, I read 
Abner Mason's article in the current 
Archon [How Can You Be Black, 
Gay... and Republican? Fall 1996 
Archon]. I am sure you are receiving a 
lot of flak about it. 

I want you to know that I respect 
your courage and wisdom in publish- 
ing it - and I know it will do much 
good. It is one of the important ways 
in which our culture will learn to 
understand and respect our gay and 
lesbian friends and members of our 
society. 

I regard with happiness my many 
appearances at Vespers, as a trustee 
and helping with coaching football. 
The school did our son Peter a world 
of good. 

Thank you again and deep, deep 
peace. 

Your friend, 
George L. Cadigan PP'57 



Appreciation 

Dear Peter and Dottie, 
Great seeing you both. While I 
adore my memories of Governor 
Dummer Academy as a student, it's 
terrific knowing all of you as an adult. 

It's too bad that only after one 
leaves Governor Dummer one is able 
to appreciate the commitment re- 
quired to make it the most special 
school anywhere. Moreover, thank you 
for making Governor Dummer that 
most special place to me. 

Best regards, 
Michael S. Yeagley '90 



Help for Hindsight 

December 6, 1996 
I look back at my two years at GDA 
as one of the high points in my life. It 
was a wonderful experience for me, 
and the Academy remains dear to my 
hearu 10 years later. While I love living 
on the West Coast, it does make it 
more difficult for me to visit campus 
and to keep in touch with the majority 
of my classmates, who still live at the 
opposite end of the continent. I have 
only been able to make one reunion 
(my 30 th ), and I was extremely disap- 
pointed in having to miss my 40 th this 



year because it conflicted with a 
family graduation exercise at the 
University of Oregon. 

I always look forward to receiving 
The Archon. It is a fine publication and 
it enables me to maintain some sense 
of connection with the school that 
means so much to me. But I can 
scarcely tell you how disappointed I 
was when I picked up the latest issue 
of the saw the single page of postage 
stamp-sized photographs of the 
reunion classes. It would have meant 
so much to me to be able to see some 
decent pictures of my classmates, 
most of whom I have not seen for 
either 10 or 40 years. Instead, I could 
not make out what any of them looked 
like even with the aid of a magnifying 
glass. 

I am a publisher by profession, so I 
am not insensitive to the space 
constraints you must deal with in 
laying out your magazine, and I 
realize that there is much important 
material that must be included other 
than the reunion class photos. But I 
suspect I am not alone among alumni 
in my disappointment over the 
skimpy coverage of the reunion 
classes, and I wanted to let you know 
how important this feature is to some 
of us - especially given that those of 
us who live far away have only that 
one chance every five years to see how 
our old friends are "maturing." 
Sincerely yours, 
Robert B. Conklin '56 



Continuing Education 

December 18, 1996 
I keep hearing about all of the work 
and improvements going into the 
campus. Boy, I guess I went through 
GDA too fast and too early. What I 
would do to be back there playing for 
Mr. Metz again. As for me, there are 
many things that have changed. I am 
presently living in Israel. After senior 
year, which was very busy, I gradu- 
ated and began to wonder about the 
future. I spent the majority of senior 
year away from Union: two months in 
East Africa and three and a half 
months in Israel. I returned to Union 
to defend my thesis, "The Influence of 
Jazz and Blues, as well as the African- 
American Community, on the Beat 
Generation." After this, I completed 
my studies and graduated in the 



spring with a B.A. in English and 
African studies. I then spent five 
weeks of the summer as a guide for 55 
eleventh- and twelfth-graders here in 
Israel. It was at this time I decided to 
return to Israel and turn down the job 
teaching English for the Learning 
Skills Company. 

So now I am living in Israel and 
teaching English full-time at five 
different high schools. I teach 12 
different classes. The kids are great, 
ranging from Ethiopians to Russians 
to Israelis. Respect and discipline for 
their elders is low, and every day is a 
challenge. I love it, and I know that I 
am making a difference in these kids' 
lives. Also, I love teaching. That, 
added with the fact that I love these 
kids, makes it very easy to come to 
work each day. 

One problem that I encountered is 
racism, but people don't mean it, as 
they don't understand what it is. They 
have never been educated, so that is 
what I am trying to do. So, education 
begins. GDA and Union, I think, were 
the means to my education; now 
experience takes over. I am planning 
on returning to the States and study- 
ing for my Ph.D. As to when, I'm not 
sure. I don't know if I could leave this 
place, these kids and my job. 

Sincerely, 
Matt Remis '92 



Gratitude 

December 2, 1996 
Just a quick note to say thanks for 
the use of your facilities for the GDA/ 
N.G.B.A. 7 th and 8 th Grade Girls 
Basketball Thanksgiving Weekend 
Tournament. With 18 teams and all of 
their associated others participating, 
literally hundreds of girls, their 
families and friends experienced a 
part of GDA. There was not even one 
negative comment and scores of 
positive ones. 

You should know that Linda 
Thomson, Ike Suggs and his family, 
Lee Harrell and Tina (from the kitchen 
staff) were immense helps in imple- 
menting this ambitious undertaking. 
They represented GDA well. 

Thanks again. This was a very 
worthwhile endeavor. 

Sincerely, 
Marc Tucker '68 



2 The Archon - Winter 1997 



777eArchon 

Published since 1884 
Publisher 
Peter W. Bragdon 



Editor 

David L. Bergmann '70 

Assistant Editor 
G. Matthew Pike 

Photographer 

David Oxton 

Assistant Headmaster and 

Acting Director of Development 

Edward C. Young '73 

Associate Director of Development and 

Director of Alumni/ae-Parent Relations 

Michael A. Moonves 

Director of Annual Giving 

Betsy Winder 

Trustees of Governor Dummer Academy 

Daniel M. Morgan '67, P'97, President 

Shirley S. French P'76, Vice President 

Stephen G. Kasnet '62, P'95, Vice President 

Josiah H. Welch '47, P'80'83, Secretary 

Jeffrey L. Gordon '69, Treasurer 

William L. Alfond '67 

Putnam P. Flint '37, GP'99 

Judith Gore P'95'97 

Mary F. Mack P'87'91'93 

Bruce M. Male P'90'95 

George E. McGregor, Jr. '51 

Joshua L. Miner IV '69, P'96'98 

Dodge D. Morgan '50, P'92 

Carrie W. Penner '88 

Linda A. Pescosolido 

Haskell Rhett '54 

George S. Scharfe P'95'00 

C. Thomas Tenney, Jr. '69 

John M. Timken, Jr. '69 

Donald H. Werner 

Alumni Trustees 

Brian H. Noyes 76 

William F. O'Leary '73 

Ann K. Rooney '82 

Ex Officio 

Karen A. Schulte '83 

President, Alumni/ae Council 

Alumni/ae Council 

Karen A. Schulte '83, President 

Peter T. Butler '62, Vice President 

Catherine Burgess '91, Secretary/Treasurer 

R. Jeffrey Bailly '80 

Thomas R. Bell '73 

J. Derek Bergmann '75 

Deana (Giamette) Boyages '88 

Rebecca B. Callandra '83 

Richard A. Cousins '45 

James Deveney '60 

Henry B. Eaton '70 

John P. English '28 

Anthony P. Fusco '85 

Joseph E. MacLeod '56 

Howard J. Navins '31 

Richard H. Pew, Jr. '54 

Peter F. Richardson '75 

Marc K. Tucker '68 

The Archon is published three times a year (fall, 
winter and spring) by Governor Dummer 
Academy, Byfield, Massachusetts 01922. 
Telephone: (508) 465-1763. Letters are 
welcome from alumni/ae, parents and friends 
of the Academy and are subject to editing. 



HEADMASTER'S MESSAGE 




We are leaving for the hospital. The next time we talk you will be 
grand parents." On December 6 th , this was the first message from 
the answering machine in the kitchen of the Mansion House. A 
voice choked with emotion announced the good news in the 
second message: "Jacob Chandler Bragdon is with us. Roz is fine. 
He is a beautiful boy with dark eyes, black hair - six pounds, 14 ounces." The birth 
of our first grandchild was an historic event that triggered many memories and 
conjured up hopeful dreams about what is ahead of him, ranging from reading 
books to fishing streams - of course, with his grandfather. 

Six days later, I was driving to Logan Airport with our son Chris, Jacob's 
uncle. In several hours he would be flying to Zurich, on his way to Tuzla in Bosnia 
to teach English and deliver a gift to a computer club raised from the Newburyport 
community. The fear I had for Chris was more dominant than my deep pride in a 
son's acting upon his idealism. Although always candid with each other, on this 
drive we created a conversation beyond any exchange we had ever experienced. I 
wondered out loud why it took separation and possible danger to unlock thoughts 
from within which we have harbored for years. 

Two hours after saying goodbye to Chris, I was giving a talk about the 
exciting Governor Dummer of today to a large and joyful holiday reception at the 
Harvard Club in Boston. I was with my other family, celebrating the quest we share 
and the special friendships which surround this quest. 

Driving home with Dottie, I mused about our two families and suggested that 
maybe the emotion-filled six days we had just experienced, the celebration of a 
birth and the good-bye to a son on a quest of his own, summed up our life at 
Governor Dummer. This year the Class of 2000 was born: This class is definitely out 
of the crib now. The members of the class are creative, enthusiastic and talented, 
and they enjoy each as much as any class I have seen in my career. Their musical 
talent alone brings kudos to their initial months in the land of the cardinal red. They 
have chosen a remarkable president, who is a determined and courageous leader, and 
brings joy to all of us by his obvious taking of each day as a gift. 

On June 6 th , the members of the great Class of 1997 will step forward to receive 
their diplomas from Dan Morgan '67, President of the Board. As the class files by 
the stage on its way to the Milestone and then the leap over the wall, I will remi- 
nisce about the journey of each through Governor Dummer, and I will be sad, as 
well as happy. I will not want them to leave, but leave they must - idealistic, well- 
prepared for opportunity, and soon to be gone from South Byfield. I hope they 
return often with stories of their progress through life. 



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The Archon - Winter 1997 3 




LIBRARY, MATHEMATICS-SCIENCE CENTER PROCEED ON BUDGET, SCHEDULE 



[L^jespite challenges from 
the weather, Governor Dummer 
Academy's library and mathematics- 
science center building projects are on 
schedule for their September opening, 
according to GDA Trustee Gerry Mack, 
chair of the Buildings and Grounds 
Committee. 

The Committee is currently 
selecting furnishings, fixtures and 
equipment. "Once we're past this last 
purchasing stage, the final budget will 
be set and all of the items will have 
been chosen. Then we'll revisit 
technology and look at landscaping and 
the other things needed to finish the 
project," Mack said. 

"After the library is sealed up 




Under construction: The 

mathematics-science 
center (top) rises behind 
the existing Schumann 
Science Center, which 
can be seen at left. 
Below are two views of 
the Pescosolido Library: 
the photograph at left is 
taken from Elm Street 
(the Kaiser Visual Arts 
Center is at far right). 
The photograph at right 
shows the curved glass 
section of the library's 
eastern elevation and 
Alumni Gym beyond it. 





Photos: G. Matthew Pike 



STUDENTS ELECTED TO "CONGRESS" 




Jwenty-one GDA students 
will act as legislators, lawyers, journal- 
ists and Cabinet members as they 
participate in the 1997 Harvard Model 
Congress, to be held in Boston from 
February 20 to 23. 

During the four-day govern- 
ment simulation conference, more than 
1,200 students from around the country 
will put America's democratic institu- 
tions to the test as they portray mem- 
bers of all three branches of the federal 
government in over 30 programs. 

The 21 GDA delegates have 
been chosen to play senators, congress- 
men, lobbyists and members of the 
Supreme Court, the National Security 
Council, the Historical Committee and 



the Cabinet. The Academy's delegation 
is being led by junior Evan Trent, GDA's 
H.M.C. student coordinator, and faculty 
advisor and History Department Chair 
William Quigley. 

The Harvard Model Congress 
was founded in 1984 under the auspices 
of the Harvard-Radcliffe Political 
Affairs Council, an organization 
devoted to teaching American and 
foreign students about the institutions 
that make the American form of 
government unique. The program 
allows students to gain understanding 
and develop skills through hands-on 
experience with the issues and the 
process of governance. 



SPEND AN EVENING 
WITH POPS 



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he Alumni /ae Office has 
scheduled the 1997 Governor Dummer 
Academy Night at the Boston Pops on 
Thursday, May 29 at Symphony Hall in 
Boston. 

The Academy has acquired a 
block of excellent Pops seats for alums, 
parents and friends of the Academy and 
will be making them available at the 
ticketed price. 

Invitations will soon be 
mailed to area alumni/ae and parents. 
For more information, contact the 
Alumni/ae Office at (508) 499-3185. 



4 The Archon - Winter 1997 



ALUMNI/AE, ADMISSIONS OFFICES FORM NETWORK 



and made weathertight, the same 
crew will move to close up the 
mathematics-science center. During 
March vacation, we'll start moving 
some furniture and equipment from 
Schumann Science Center to the new 
building, and a similar move will 
begin at the library." In an effort to 
minimize labor costs, one final 
coordinated move will take place 
during a two-week period in August. 

Mack said that the smooth 
nature of the whole process has been 
due in part to careful planning. "The 
Buildings and Grounds Committee 
spent so much time delineating all the 
potential problems during the early 
planning stages, carefully flagging 
things that might cause us difficulty," 
she said. 

The Academy broke ground 
for the two facilities last summer, 
entering the largest and most ambi- 
tious building project in GDA's 234- 
year history. The project, which 
included the moving of Moody 
House, the Little Red Schoolhouse 
and Noyes Library, will produce the 
20,000-square-foot Pescosolido 
Library — named for benefactor Carl 
A. Pescosolido, Sr. — and a 30,000- 
square-foot mathematics-science 
center. Both buildings are scheduled 
to open for student use in September. 



Day of service: Rebecca Dosh '99 
entertains residents of Harborlight House, 
a senior center in Beverly, while Brian 
Hobbs '99 works with Beverly YMCA pre- 
school students during GDA's observance 
of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. 




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he Alumni /ae Office and 
the Admissions Office are joining forces 
in an effort to bring the best and 
brightest students from all parts of the 
world to GDA. 

The result of this collaboration 
is the new Alumni /ae-Parent Admis- 
sions Network, which is reaching out to 
Governor Dummer graduates every- 
where. "We're asking anyone who 
wants to become involved to refer 
young people who are ready, willing 
and able to take advantage of the GDA 
experience," said Admissions Director 
Peter Werner. 

"GDA's alumni and alumnae 
are walking advertisements for the 
school," said Michael Moonves, the 
Academy's director of alumni /ae- 
parent relations. "We're asking them to 
share their enthusiasm and their 
knowledge of Governor Dummer with 
families who can benefit from a GDA 
education." 



This issue of The Archon 
contains a reply card that alumni/ae 
may use to provide the Admissions 
Office with prospective students' 
names. Upon receiving a card, the 
Admissions Office will send the 
candidate a GDA catalog and video, 
together with a letter that identifies the 
alumna /us involved. The Academy 
will then keep the alumna /us apprised 
of the candidate's progress through the 
Admissions procedure. 

"We hope that members of the 
greater GDA community will continue 
to help us in identifying prospective 
candidates throughout the year," said 
Werner, adding that the Admissions 
Office also is seeking graduates who 
would be willing to host admissions 
receptions and represent the Academy 
at school fairs near their homes. Those 
interested should contact Werner or 
Moonves in care of GDA. 



STUDENTS, FACULTY VOLUNTEER FOR THIRD MLK DAY 






Jhe entire student body 
and faculty of Governor Dummer 
Academy lent assistance to area 
homeless shelters, hospitals, nursing 
homes, soup kitchens and other social 




service organizations 
in recognition of 
Martin Luther King, Jr. 
Day on January 20. 
This marked the third 
consecutive year that 
the Governor Dummer 
Academy community 
has celebrated King's 
legacy of community 
service by performing 
a variety of services for 
non-profit organiza- 



tions. The Academy's 350 students and 
60 faculty members were assigned 
placements with more than two dozen 
agencies for the day. 

Governor Dummer 's MLK Day 
program, designed by 
History Department 
Chair William Quigley, 
underscores the fact that 
"Martin Luther King 
Day is an American 
holiday, not a black- 
American holiday," said 
Quigley. To begin their 
day of service, the 
student and faculty 
volunteers met for an 
assembly on campus 
before leaving for their 
assignments. They 
returned to Governor 
Dummer in the late 
afternoon for group 
meetings, in which they discussed and 
evaluated their MLK Day experiences. 

Quigley said, "We hope this 
day will demonstrate to students the 
fundamental message of 'do unto others 
as you would have done unto you.'" He 
noted that the program fulfills the 
Academy's motto "Non Sibi Sed Aliis," 
or "Not for Self, but For Others," as well 
as its mandate that every student 
perform community service as a 
graduation requirement. 



The Archon - Winter 1997 5 




WHAT'S 50 YEARS BETWEEN CLASSES? 




WHAT'S YOUR E-MAIL? 



jDA's Classes of 1947 and 
1997 are working together to create a 
time capsule that will commemorate 
both classes' 50 th reunions. 

The project brings together 
members of the 
Class of '47 
with members 

of this year's "■>■? - 

senior class to 

create a profile immmm 

of both groups' 
GDA experi- 
ences. Both 
classes are 
gathering items 
and written 
and recorded 
recollections 
that reflect the 
Academy in the 
years they 
attended. They 
will also collect 
news items to 
document their 
eras' significant 

world events. I^^^M 

The Class of '47 

will also include current photos to 
provide perspective on the members 
since their graduation. 
Fiftieth Reunion Coordinator Sam 
Gwynne, who conceived of the two-class 
project, said, "It is hoped that the Class 
of 1997 will undertake a similar 50 th year 
appraisal in 2047, and that the informa- 
tion will become an important part of 
this 1947/1997 archive." 



The time capsule will become a perma- 
nent part of the GDA archives and will 
be presented as part of the activities 
scheduled for Reunion '97, to be held 
June 13 through 15. 



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ecent issues of The Archon 
have offered the e-mail addresses of 
various people and departments at 
Governor Dummer Academy (e.g., 
pbragdon@gda.org, alumni@gda.org 
and admissions@gda.org). Now it's 
your turn. 

In the hope of keeping all 
«■ alumni /ae in contact with one 
5 another — and the Academy in 

contact with everyone — GDA is 
* compiling a new directory of e-mail 
addresses, which will be made 
available to everyone in the GDA 
community. 

You can offer up your e-mail 
address in any of a few ways: by e- 
mailing the Alumni /ae Office 
(above); e-mailing your Class 
Secretary, (addresses in Class Notes); 
or by visiting the GDA website at 
http://www.gda.org and posting on 
the form located there. 

While you're surfing the GDA 
website, be sure to stop by the 
Reunion area, where you'll find 
information about the classes that 
are having reunions this spring. 



Time Capsule: Members of the Class of 
'47 line up in front of Ingham Dormitory 
in the photograph above, which is to be 
included in the planned time capsule. 
Pictured are (l-r) Sam Gwynne, Dana 
Mayo, Ray Williamson, Henry Dunker, 
Bill Philbrick, Deanne Morrison, Norm 
Brown, Pete Sutton, Plato Kangis and 
Al Hughes. 



FIVE SELECTED 
FOR MASS CHORUS 



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GDA RUNNER SWEEPS MAJOR HONORS.. .AGAIN 



governor Dummer 
Academy junior Claire Shearman has 
swept all of the major prep school 
cross-country honors for the second 
year in a row. 

On November 9, Shearman 
won the 1996 New England Prep School 
Track Association Division II Cross 
Country Championship by setting a 
new course record of 19 minutes, 25 
seconds. Shearman becomes only the 
second female runner to break the 20- 
minute mark on the three-mile course. 
Shearman also won the Independent 
School League Championship on 



November 2 at Brooks School in North 
Andover. Her winning time in that race 
was 19:20, breaking the previous record 
(held by GDA's Alexis Colby '91) by 
1:05. Shearman has been named her 
team's M.V.R and a member of the All- 
New England, All-Independent School 
League and Boston Globe All-Scholastic 
teams. 

"Claire has done it all once 
again," GDA coach David Abusamra 
said. "She demolished three course 
records this season. And despite all the 
accolades, Claire remains what we 
know her to be: a fine young lady." 



ive Governor Dummer 
Academy students were selected to 
perform in the 1997 Massachusetts 
Music Educator's Association North- 
eastern Senior District Concert, held on 
January 11 at Gordon College in 
Wenham, MA. 

Seniors Rachel Lipman and 
Brian Marvin, juniors Jacob Chase and 
Brooke Peltzman and sophomore Jesse 
Soursourian auditioned, along with 
other vocalists from schools in the 
region, to sing in the select chorus. 
Based on their high audition scores, 
Lipman and Soursourian were recom- 
mended for the 1997 M.M.E.A. All-State 
Chorus. The students prepared for their 
auditions under the direction of GDA 
music instructor Cynthia McKeen. 

"The concert was amazing," 
McKeen said, adding, "You could see 
and feel just how much fun all of the 
students were having, and I'm proud of 
them for all of their hard work." 



6 The Archon - Winter 1997 



KEITH PARTICIPATES 
IN INAUGURATION 



TWO-ARTIST "VIEWPOINTS" SHOW RUNS TO APRIL 1 1 




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'IDA senior Brandon Keith 
took part in President Clinton's 
inaugural celebration as a participant 
in the Presidential Youth Inaugural 
Conference, held January 16-21 in 
Washington, D.C. 

Keith was elected to attend 
the inauguration as a representative 
of the National Young Leaders 
Conference. He was among 380 
alumni /ae of the leaders conference 
from across America. 

The program included a 
performance at the John F. Kennedy 
Center for the Performing Arts, 
attendance at the swearing-in of the 
President and witnessing the 
Inaugural Parade as the President 
and First Lady proceeded from the 
Capitol to the White House. The 
conference concluded with a black-tie 
ball. 

Participants met with mem- 
bers of Congress, executive officials, 
historians, academics and journalists to 
gain a better understanding of the 
history, tradition and significance of the 
electoral process and the Presidential 
inauguration. 

The conference was sponsored 
by the Congressional Youth Leadership 
Council, a non-profit, non-partisan 
educational organization. 



he opening reception for 



"Viewpoints," a two-artist show, will be 
held Friday, February 28 in the Carl 
Youngman Gallery of GDA's Kaiser 
Visual Arts Center. 

The exhibit, featuring works 




by New England artists Janet Stanley 
and Pam Traver, will run through April 
11. The opening reception will be held 
from 6 to 8 p.m. 

The Youngman Gallery is 
currently featuring the year's first 
student art show, which runs through 
February 21. The exhibit features 
works of various media, including 
painting, drawing, pottery and photog- 
raphy, produced by students during the 
first semester of this year. An opening 
reception for the show was held 
January 17. 

The Gallery is open Monday 
through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
and on Saturdays and Sundays by 
appointment. 

Student work: This portrait, by Eric 
Gordon '97, is among the works 
exhibited in the student art show. 



ACADEMY PLAYERS TO SHOWCASE "LITTLE SHOP " 



_|he Academy Players' have 
begun rehearsals for their winter 
production, Little Shop of Horrors, 
according to GDA's vocal music 
instructor Cynthia Lousie McKeen. 

Little Shop of Horrors will 
feature Kelly Barry '98 as Audrey, Jacob 
Chase '98 as Seymour, Jesse Soursourian 
'99 as Mushnik, Peter Wesson '98 as 
Orin, the dentist, and Brian Marvin '97 



as the voice of Audrey II. 

The musical is directed and 
choreographed by McKeen, assisted by 
Evan Trent '98. GDA master English 
teacher Paul Warm is technical director. 

Rehearsals will run through 
February, and performances are 
scheduled for Friday, February 28 and 
Saturday, March 1 at 6:30 in the Thomp- 
son Performing Arts Center. 



ANNUAL FUND PASSES THREE-QUARTER MARK; PHONATHONS SCHEDULED 






he 1996-97 Governor 



Dummer Academy Annual Fund is 
more than three quarters of the way to 
its goal as a result of the hard work by 
Class Agents and the enthusiasm 
generated by this year's Young 
Alumni/ae Challenge, according to 
GDA's Director of Annual Giving Betsy 
Winder. 

As a means to increase young 
alumni/ae participation in the Annual 
Fund, GDA trustees Putnam P. Flint '37, 
GP'99 and Carrie Penner '88 have 
created a $10,000 challenge to members 
of the classes of 1981 through 1996. The 
challenge provides that every new and 
every increased gift from the members 
of those classes will be matched dollar 
for dollar up to $10,000. 

Winder explained that partici- 
pation is the key to an annual giving 
program. She points out that while 
GDA's Annual Fund participation 
averages 32 percent, the average for the 



classes eligible to participate in the 
challenge is significantly lower. "More 
than one out of 10 donors in the 
challenge classes ('81-'96) have pledged 
so far," she said, adding, "and though 
many young alumni/ae may not have 
needed the year-end tax incentive, I'm 
sure they will be excited to know that 
their money can be worth twice as 
much as a result of the challenge." 

"Our goal this year is to have 
1,763 total donors, which should elevate 
the overall participation to 37 percent." 
With a total of $576,719 as of December 
31, the Annual Fund has reached nearly 
80 percent of its goal of $725,000. The 
Annual Fund year ends June 30. 

Phonathons 

The Development Office is 
issuing an invitation for alumni/ae, 
parents and friends to participate in the 
following phonathons during February 
and March to support the Annual Fund: 



Portland, ME 
February 24 
Paine-Webber 
One City Center 

Boston 

February 25 and 26 

MCI Telecommunications 

800 Boylston Street 

New York City 

March 3 

Coopers & Lybrand 

1301 Avenue of the Americas 

Byfield 

GDA Development Office 

March 4 and 5 

Details on these events will be forth- 
coming. For further information, please 
contact the Alumni/ae and Develop- 
ment Office at (508) 465-1763 or by e- 
mail at alumni@gda.org. P5 



The Archon - Winter 1997 7 




A Sudanese boy in the 
Kakuma refugee camp con- 
structs a string trap that he 
hopes will snare a desert bird 
as it comes to drink. He risks 
the precious water in the hope 
of catching something more 
satisfying: a meal. 





by Deirdre B. Heersink'92 




Learning through experience. That's the 
motto of the college program that 
took me to Kenya in 1 995. While it 
was not a new concept for me, the 
degree of their interpretation was what 
really surprised me. But I suppose that nothing 
could have prepared me for meeting 35,000 
people - 1 7,000 of them mere boys - in a refu- 
gee camp that most of the world would prefer 
to forget. 

We began our first day in Kenya with a two-hour 
Swahili class in which we learned some basic phrases, such 
as "Hello, how are you?" "How much does it cost?" and 
"Thank you." After class, we were split into pairs and 
handed a list of five Swahili words, which we were told were 
items we were responsible to obtain at the market in the 
town of Machakos. We were sent at 20-minute intervals 
without maps to wander the city of Nairobi in search of the 
country bus station, where we could catch a bus to the 
town of Machakos. The country bus station is in a rather 
rough part of Nairobi. The streets become more eroded and 
crowded the closer you get to it, and the presence of any 
foreign tourist is glaring. My partner Patricia and I were not 
sure whom to trust. We eventually made it to the bus station, 

The Archon - Winter 1997 9 



found the proper bus, got to 
Machakos and did our shopping 
successfully. After this first day, I 
doubted that anything during the rest 
of my stay in Kenya would shock to 
me. 

The School for International Studies 
program requires that students 
perform a one month independent 
study project at the end of the 
semester. We were free to chose 



describe all of sub-Saharan Africa. In 
ancient times, Egyptian pharaohs 
developed settlements in Sudan to 
protect gold they mined there. From 
1889 to 1956, Sudan was ruled 
jointly by Britain and Egypt, maintain- 
ing North Sudan and South Sudan as 
separate countries. The people from 
the arid north are predominately 
Muslim, while the majority in the south 
- where the country's natural re- 






"...More than 40,000 
^oys between the ages 
of six and 1 3 walked 
more than 500 miles 
— equivalent to walk- 
ing from London to 
Rome — through the 
/ desert. ..in search of 
educational opportuni- 
ties." 

Left: A young girl in the Kakuma 
camp beams with pride at having 
just received her annual clothing 
allocation: one shirt and one pair of 
pants. 



anything we found interesting. For the 
entire semester, I debated over what I 
wanted to do. I was quite excited by 
the opportunity and explored a wide 
range of possibilities from soapstone 
carving to midwifery. In my search for 
the perfect project, I stumbled into a 
piece that had been put together the 
semester before. Two women had 
planned to do their project on body 
decorations among the Turkana, one 
of the least westernized tribes in 
Kenya. Their attempts to work with 
the Turkana had been unsuccessful, 
but they had heard of a refugee camp 
nearby and had decided to investi- 
gate. They had put together a short 
report, mostly about the way the 
camp runs. After reading their report, I 
decided to look for more information. 
Before I began considering doing a 
project at the camp, I had never heard 
of the conflict in Sudan, which is the 
largest country in Africa, measuring 
one-third the area of the continental 
United States. There are more than 
400 different tribes speaking more 
than 600 languages in Sudan. Sudan 
literally means "land of the black," and 
it was originally the name used to 



sources of oil, gold, and fertile land 
are located — are Christian. When 
Britain withdrew from Sudan in 1956, 
it left it as one nation because, many 
believe, Britain wanted to maintain 
good relations with Egypt. 

Since achieving its independence 
from Britain, Sudan has been em- 
broiled in civil war as a result of the 
two regions' divergent traditions and 
histories. A 1983 decision to impose 
strict Islamic Law upon the whole 
country made conditions intolerable 
to the southern Sudanese, whose 
schools were required to conduct all 
classes in Arabic. The south reacted 
by organizing the Sudanese People's 
Liberation Army (SPLA) to fight against 
the government. Coincidentally, a 
severe drought struck Sudan, and 
relief aid was withheld from rebel 
areas, resulting in destruction for much 
of the south. 

The devastation in the south 
included many schools, and in 1987 
more than 40,000 boys between the 
ages of six and 1 3 walked more than 
500 miles - equivalent to walking 
from London to Rome — through the 
desert from south-central Sudan to 



Ethiopia in search of educational 
opportunities. Education, they were 
convinced, would be their only 
salvation. The SPLA administered the 
camps created in Ethiopia, where the 
boys were kept separate from the rest 
of the Sudanese. During the several 
years the boys were in the camp, 
most claim they never saw a book; 
instead the SPLA trained them for 
battle. 

In 1991, Ethiopian dictator 
Mengistu was overthrown, and the 
Sudanese lost their protected status in 
Ethiopia. Northern troops descended 
on trains of refugees leaving the 
camps in Ethiopia and fleeing back to 
Sudan. Some 10,000 of the boys 
made it to the Kakuma Refugee Camp, 
100 kilometers south of the Sudanese 
border in the northwest Kenyan 
desert, and most of them have been in 
the camp since it opened in early 
1992. In the spring of 1995, when I 
was last there, the total population in 
the camp was slightly over 35,000. 
Nine nationalities are represented at 
the camp, and 90 percent of the 
refugees are Sudanese. 

Learning this history, I began to 
wonder how children who had been 
separated from their families at young 
ages and for such long periods could 
know anything about their cultures. I 
focused my study on this question. I 
planned to conduct interviews with 
both elders and youths in the camp, 
discussing traditions associated with 
major life events — birth, initiation, 
marriage, and death. My purpose was 
to compare the differences and 
similarities between the groups' 
perspectives and knowledge of their 
culture. I began my project with the 
supposition that culture is static; it 
was a naive assumption. 

The first battle was getting to the 
camp. I approached the Nairobi 
offices of all non-governmental 
organizations working there. Every 
day, I stopped by the Lutheran World 
Federation (L.W.F.) office, and every 
day I was told to come back "tomor- 
row." Frustrated and impatient, I took 
an overnight bus to Eldoret and 
caught a van to Lodwar, where I spent 
the night. I hitchhiked the rest of the 
way up to Kakuma the next day. When 
I arrived at the camp, all the employ- 
ees assumed I was supposed to be 
there, and I was able to stay in the 
United Nations High Commission for 
Refugees (U.N.H.C.R.) compound. 

For the first several days, I followed 
social service workers from L.W.F. 
around to get an introduction to the 
camp, which is approximately nine 



10 The Archon - Winter 1997 



kilometers long and two kilometers 
wide and placed between the Tarach 
and Nabek river beds. The climate is 
hot, dry and dusty, and there is little 
vegetation. The 35,000 refugees are 
divided into 58 administration groups, 
each consisting of several hundred 
people from the same tribe. Each 
group had chosen one representative 
to oversee food and clothing distribu- 
tion, keep the peace within his group 
and be part of a council that meets 
weekly with camp administrators. 
Each refugee receives a ration of 
maize and beans once every two 
weeks. Clothing is distributed once a 
year: one shirt and one pair of pants 
per person. Water is collected from 
boreholes, and there 203 taps in the 
camp. Refugees are given sticks, 
palms and plastic to build their 
homes, and they use mud from the 
riverbed for the walls. There is one 
hospital with 46 beds, and the mortal- 
ity rate is one death for every 1 ,000 
refugees per month as a result of 
dysentery, malaria, tuberculosis and 
respiratory infections. Dust storms 
carry disease during the dry season. 
There are 1 9 schools — two pre- 
schools, 16 primary schools and one 
secondary school - in the camp. The 
more than 1 7,000 children in the 
primary schools have approximately 
400 teachers, many of them barely 
literate themselves. There are eight 
boys to every girl in primary school, 
and most of the few girls are either 
very young or already married. 

There are several things that must 
be understood about southern 
Sudanese culture in order to compre- 
hend the devastating effects they face 
as refugees. Most southern tribes are 
Nilotic — living near the Nile River — 
and pastoral. The men travel with 
grazing cattle herds, while women 
remain in the villages, raising young 
children and tending the elderly. The 
three most important things in Nilotic 
society are women, cows and avail- 
able land. There is almost no recogni- 
tion of the individual; a person re- 
moved from his tribe carries no social 
status. A woman is either someone's 
mother, daughter or wife, and her 
relationship to that person dictates 
her behavior towards them. There are 
three forms of behavior between men: 
one is deferential to a senior, informal 
with an equal and superior to a junior. 
Age sets are formed through ritual 
initiations that institutionalize these 
forms of behavior. One cannot be 
considered an adult by the rest of 
Sudanese society until he is initiated. 

In the camp, there are very few 



women and no cows or land. Tradi- 
tionally, initiations are performed once 
a year by village elders for all the boys 
who have decided they are ready to 
become adults. Once a boy has been 
initiated, he can no longer act like a 
child or perform women's work of 
cooking, cleaning and milking. Boys 
are taken at night and ritually scarred 
on the face in the pattern of their 
tribe. The Dinka, the largest tribe in 



left for Ethiopia in 1 987, are now in 
their early 20s, and are anxious to find 
wives and claim their age sets' cattle. 
Once I was settled into the camp, I 
began conducting a series of inter- 
views with elders from various 
Sudanese tribes. I brought a Kenyan 
man along to each of the interviews, 
both to help clarify my questions and 
to make the interviewees feel more 
comfortable, since culturally a male 



"I wondered, 
'Why would a 
V _ bunch of boys in 
:<C *!3BBL 4H> y h L m a refugee camp 

want to learn 
forward rolls?' I 
arrived the next 
morning at 8:05 
to find 25 

Sudanese boys between the ages of eight 
and 23 waiting in the field. A boy named 
Anthony sauntered up to me and said, 
'You're late, Ms. Heersink. We've been 
waiting.'" 



Sudan, cut three concentric V's in the 
middle of the boy's forehead. After the 
cutting, youths remain in seclusion — 
tended by a female relative — for two 
weeks to a month before returning to 
the village as men. Men are respon- 
sible for maintaining the herd, which 
they inherit from their ancestors and 
later pass to their descendants. 
Initiations are conducted once a year 
for six years and then not performed 
for four years; the four-year gap 
defines the age sets. 

Initiations are not performed in the 
refugee camp. Boys must be initiated 
by elders from their village, and most 
of the boys in the camp do not know 
any of the elders in the camp. Once a 
boy is initiated, he can marry, but 
there is an extremely limited number 
of women in the camp. A man's 
wealth is measured by the number of 
cattle and wives he has, and the 
elders in the camp do not want to 
compete with the youths for wives. 
There also are not enough women in 
the camp to care for all the youths 
who should have been initiated by 
now. It is an extremely frustrating 
situation for the youth, many of whom 



elder would not address a young 
female. In each interview, we dis- 
cussed traditional ceremonies per- 
formed at birth, initiation, marriage 
and death. It was sometimes difficult 
to communicate, more for reasons of 
culture than language. I would ask, 
"What would happen if a man impreg- 
nated his sister?" and I would be 
answered by shaking heads and a 
simple, "Oh, that is very bad." James 
Odera, my Kenyan friend, would step 
in and tell a story about how in his 
tribe a bull would be slaughtered and 
the man would be burnt in the fire 
before they cooked the bull for a 
feast. Once James started telling 
stories, it became more natural for 
others to share theirs, and everyone 
laughed at their differences. I tried to 
ask the elders if they thought the 
youth knew where they came from. 
This was inevitably the most difficult 
question to communicate; no matter 
how I tried, the only response I 
received was a geographic one. 
During the few interviews in which I 

(continued on page 21) 



The Archon - Winter 1997 11 



vtaking Meaning from the World 




really going to have fun with it," 

says Christopher Stowens, chair of GDA's Fine 
Arts Department, as he passes out the sheet 
music to members of the Academy Orchestra. 

A nervous laugh wends its way through the 35 

■ 

..'■•••.:• . : ;■ ■■■ •■• : : ■ : ■■ :■■■: ,;. . •■ ■;,-., \ 

■ 

student musicians as they read their sheets anc 
focus quickly on the new challenge. They 
know that this rehearsal, like so many others, 
will be one in which they will work hard and 
smile often. In black jeans and a light blue 
denim shirt, Stowens conveys a kind of relaxed 
confidence. He's serious... but not too serious. 
In a sense, Stowens has come to represent the 
very style of the Governor Dummer Academy 
Fine Arts program - and it's a style that has 
begun to pay dividends. 




The Arts at GDA 



Governor Dummer Academy's music programs 
have been experiencing an "explosion" in popularity, 
involving nearly half of the student body and enjoying 
strong support from ever larger audiences. Central to this 
success has been a keen focus on the greater role a success- 
ful fine arts program plays in GDA's pedagogy. 

Stowens, who began his GDA career in 1978 and 
received a master's degree from the New England Conser- 
vatory of Music the following year, is obviously pleased 



Stowens adds. "In terms of sheer numbers, not to mention 
talent, this is simply the best I've seen since I've been here. 
What's particularly refreshing is not just the numbers, but 
the diversity of students involved." 

"In Chorus, we're beginning to rival [Old Guards- 
man] Art Sager's numbers as we approach 70 singers. The 
accapella group, Advanced Vocal Technique Singers, has 19 
participants." 

"As late as the early '80s, the Chamber Ensemble 




with the recent growth of GDA's music programs. "For 
each of the last half-dozen years or more, I've worked with 
the Admissions Office and have given myself a goal of 
bringing to the school a specific number of new students 
serious about music," he says. "And it seems to be work- 
ing." 

"What we're seeing this year is really just incredible," 



didn't even exist. With 35 musicians involved today, 
we've had to change the name to the Academy Orchestra. 
The Jazz Band has never been so popular, and it now 
features more than 45 students. If you include the [student 
run] Music Guild, we're approaching one-third to one-half 
of the entire student body involved in music." 

For perspective, Stowens offers, "Just five years 



The Archon - Winter 1997 13 



ago, the chorus had around 20 singers 
and the Advanced Vocal Technique 
group just eight. The Chamber 
Ensemble featured 12 to 15 musicians, 
and the Jazz Band 20 to 25. Ten years 
ago, the Chorus had 12 singers, and 
when I started here, the Jazz Band had 
about the same." 



support plays an integral part in 
students' first choosing to get 
involved and then staying involved 
in not only music, but all of the arts." 

"Not that we'd ever lost sight 
of it, but the recent increases in 
involvement allow us to continue to 
examine the role of the arts at GDA 



with 
Conducting: Fine Arts Chair Christopher Stowens leads the Orchestra. increased 

emphasis," 
Stowens 
says. He 
points to the 
support he 
has received 
from the 
GDA 

administra- 
tion as vital 
to the music 
program's 
recent 
success. 
"Half a 
dozen years 
ago or 
more, 

Headmaster 
Peter 
Bragdon 
told me to 
be active in 
the admis- 
sions 
process. 
Just as important is how the Aca- 
demic Office has allowed us a great 
deal of autonomy in developing the 
programs. The fact that there's no 
micromanagement has worked 
greatly to our advantage. It's what 
has made all of the Fine Arts pro- 
grams - not just music - so successful 
here. That freedom has allowed Leo 




// 



"...The recent increases in involvement 
allow us to continue to examine the role of the 
arts at GDA with increased emphasis 

"Today, it's cool to be in the 
band. It's cool to be on stage. It's cool 
to be in the Guild. The latest Guild 
performance was a show of exemplary 
quality. It featured an amazing range 
of talented students, playing every- 
thing from the bagpipes to electric 
guitar. In other words, as a result of 
this high level of student involvement, 
there's a remarkable diversity and 
range of musical pursuits and 
interests." 

Stowens is quick to point out 
that the recent growth is the result of 
concerted efforts of a large number of 
people. "Thanks to everyone in the 
Admissions Office, [vocal music 
instructor] Cynthia McKeen and the 
overwhelming support of parents," he 
says, "we're now reaching the point 
where our program's reputation is 
attracting potential students to GDA. 
Furthermore, that tremendous 

Top brass: Trombonists Eric Blair '98 
(center) and Daniel Muxie '00 join 
clarinetist Nichelle Warren '97 and the 
Academy Orchestra in a rehearsal. 



14 The Archon - Winter 1997 



Hart to put together a really fine 
computer art course in under two 
years, and it's what has made Birdie 
Britton's studio art, Irina Okula's 
ceramics and David Oxton's photog- 
raphy programs so good." 

GDA's Academic Dean Brian 
Lenane '72 explains, "From the 
Square One curriculum initiative, it 
was readily apparent that the arts are 
really important to the complete 
education of every child. This gets 
back to the idea that we have six 
different academic departments, and 
each of them makes meaning from 
the world in a different way." 

Lenane explains, "If we give 
the same problem to the English, 
Science and Arts departments and say, 
'Here, figure this out,' they would 
each bring their own sets of valid and 
important philosophies to their 
answer. When we say to a student, 
'Here, figure this out,' we want to 
have provided to that child a full set 
of tools necessary to see the problem 
from all possible angles and disci- 
plines. We want to keep students' 
experience as broad as possible, 
because the more choices he or she 
has available when it comes to 
making meaning the better." 

It is the teacher's responsi- 
bility to translate that philosophy 
into classroom method. Stowens 
says, "Teaching is 95 percent person- 
ality and maybe five percent knowl- 
edge. When I teach in private 
lessons, I try to build self-esteem as 
well as technical proficiency. It's my 
job to keep the students challenged, 
to keep them trying to play some- 
thing slightly ahead of their capabili- 
ties. We want to raise the bar 
constantly, making it consistently 




harder, while never leaving anyone 
behind." 

Stowens prefers to tell his 
musicians that a particularly difficult 
piece of music may be hard, but they 
are all certain "to have fun with it." 
"Perhaps that's a little devious," he 
admits, "but it allows everyone to 
approach the piece without being 
intimidated. Ultimately, the goal is to 
have every student comfortable with 
and well-versed in the standard 
repertoire. From Handel to Wagner to 
Zappa - once you can expose your 
■ musicians to the standards without 

All that jazz: "Top" Charanachitta rehearses 
the Jazz Band in the Thompson Performing 
Center music studio. 



with 
Arts 




consideration for the difficulty of the 
piece, then you can really go places. 
And we won't retreat from that. We 
hope that the curve is one that 
increases exponentially." 

It is in the performance that 
students experience the rewards for 
their hard work, Stowens says. "The 
artists here receive reinforcement for 
all of their hard work because the 
environment is so unbelievably 
supportive. It's a strength of the 
Academy that that support is there. 

Before the music starts, there is 
applause - if not downright ovation - 
when the students walk out on stage. 
Even our accomplished musicians 
aren't used to that kind of recogni- 



tion. That's why it always seems 
like we're having fun on stage. It's 
a reciprocal relationship between 
the performers and the audience. 
They feel the energy, and we do, 
too." 

Lenane echoes this 
sentiment: "All art is like sports in 
that it is a performance activity. 
You make a pot. You play or sing the 
notes. How do you know if you've 
succeeded? You have an evalua- 
tion, only in the arts there are no 
refs; no whistles to stop play. You 
have a concert or a show, and you 
have an audience. Then you 
have the experience of the 
artist. And the risk that's 
taken in presenting the 
work for judgment is 
central to the process. We 
want to get students to the 
point where each is willing 
to take risks - risks with 
ideas, risks in writing and 
risks in all creative and 
analytical processes." 

Both Lenane and 
Stowens emphasize the 
significant role that criticism 
plays both during rehearsals 
and lessons and following 
every performance. "Criti- 
cism is part of the life," 
Stowens says. "One of the 
prerequisites to working here 
on the faculty has always been 
that I 
want 
artists 
who can 
teach, not 
i just 
teachers 
who can 
make art. The 
fact that we go 
through the 
same process 
every day is 
important. The 
underlying 
tenet is the fact 
that the Fine 
Arts Depart- 
ment faculty 
are accom- 
plished artists 
in their own 
right. We are 
constantly 
questioning the 
merits of our 




In Chorus: Singers (l-r, back) Brooke Peltzman 
'98, Adelle Lilly '98; (l-r, middle) Jaime Gilberg 
'00, Amelia O'Reilly '00, Ryan Tilden '00; 
(bottom) Michelle Wheeler '00. 

own work. By going through the 
same process, the advanced student 
will become able to withstand more 
severe artistic criticism with the 
realization that from the criticism 
comes even greater art." 

Lenane says, "You get 
coached through the process. It's sort 
of like a work in progress. Because of 
the nature of creation in art, there's a 
tangible element." He calls criticism 
"part of the mastery program that we 

(continued on page 22) 

"I want artists who can teach, not just 
teachers who can make art. ...The Fine Arts 
Department faculty are accomplished artists 
in their own right." 




On woodwinds: Rebecca Stephenson '98 and 
musical passage. 



Warren '97 practice a 



The Archon - Winter 1997 15 



Orchestrating Retirement 

by Wallace H. Rowe III 



A 



ny successful retirement must be a matter of cutting losses and celebrating gains. 
When I left Byfield last spring after 40 years of teaching (18 of them at Governor 
Dummer), I was uneasy about what I would miss there - certainly the friendship 
of colleagues and the liveliness of bright youngsters and perhaps the tension and creativity of the 
classroom. I was equally certain what would be pleasurable to forego: long evenings of dormitory 
duty and tall stacks of papers to be marked. But would I be restless without the total immersion 
that is indigenous to teaching life at GDA? 

I have protected myself against the "losses" by keeping in touch with at least some of the 
students and faculty members at the school; and I have been voluntarily teaching writing one day 
a week at Rockport High School, only two blocks from our house. Carol and I lift weights and 
swim at the Gloucester YMCA, much as we used to exercise in the afternoons in Byfield. And I 
have retained some of my out-of-school pleasures, too: singing in a local choral group and getting 
in trips to Boston for musical and theatrical events. 

But the "gains" of retirement have been clear cut and heartening. I'll mention three. 
When the alarm clock rings - we make a point of setting it voluntarily each night ("Shall we bother 
to get up tomorrow?... Oh, all right, let's go ahead.") - Carol rises to do stretching and walking and 
get the first claim on the Globe. I, on the other hand, remain rooted in the sheets, reading for one or 
two hours before I rise. I keep waiting for some angry puritan god to strike my recumbent form, 
but to date none has. Half the reading I do might be termed improving - history, biography, 
science - but the other half is good old detective schlock, however artfully presented. The second 
clear gain is the exhilarating and varied walks that Carol and I do. Rockport is a happy mixture of 
imposing quarries, dense woods and dramatic seashore. In a single afternoon's ramble, we can 
sometimes find all three environments. 

The last and perhaps most important gain of our retirement - the chance and means to 
travel - really gives shape to this article, which, finally, is a kind of thank-you to Governor 
Dummer and to the Edward E. Ford Foundation for providing the sabbatical funds that will allow 
us to take two very pleasant trips this winter. The first, a January getaway to St. 
Martin, rather like the detective fiction, threatened to arouse the sleeping power 

f~ . of a guilty conscience. But the balmy breezes and relentless sunshine 
■fH t ~ seemed to undermine our need for justification. Like T S. Eliot's 
2$/ Prufrock, I have walked the beach, but without "trousers rolled," and very 
much in the presence of "mermaids singing." We had a lovely, sand-white, 
ocean-blue, guilt-free idyll, returning relaxed and unhealthily brown. 

Our second trip - consuming most of March - will be much more 
ambitious and "improving" though equally pleasant. In 1973, Carol and I 
lived in England, where I taught at West Kent College in the Fulbright 
Teaching Exchange Program. Since that time, we have not returned there 
together to visit our friends in Dorset, Kent, Essex and Sussex, nor to revisit 
the theaters and museums of London that we used to haunt when we lived 
near them. One of these friends we'll visit - Helen Davidson- Wall, now 
married to Philip Lange - was an exchange teacher at Governor Dummer in 
1988. In March, we'll be able to catch up on the latest Alan Bennet play, the new 
Sainsbury Wing at the National Gallery and the latest turns in the lives of our English 
friends. 

Naturally, we are very grateful to the school's sabbatical program that has given 
us these new experiences. But we cherish the old ones too - which means we'll be looking forward 
to School events, alumni/ae gatherings and visits in Rockport from our friends among both 
students and faculty. Be ready to accompany us on a long walk or in a long conversation. There is 
plenty of time for both now. PS 




The Governor's Le 




When William Dummer bequeathed his estate in 
1761 for the establishment of a new school, he — 
perhaps inadvertently — also created a new educa- 
tional form in colonial America. Much of the credit, 
however, should go to a colorful character whom 
Dummer never met: Samuel Mood). 



Historical perspective 
by Jason D. Busch 



Hrior to the advent of the private boarding academy in 
1763, the Massachusetts Bay Colony placed great 
emphasis on secondary education. Puritans believed 
that education was an essential element in an ordered, 
enlightened world. The purpose of education, however, 
was not to promote intellectual creativity, but to prepare people to 
dispute challenges to authority and also to prepare ministers and 
magistrates with similar knowledge to protect the established 
church. 

Before the establishment of Dummer School, two types of 
secondary schools were common throughout the 
colony: the "common" school and the "grammar" 
school. The first and perhaps best known of the secondary 
"public" schools was the Boston Latin School, established in 
1636, which was a grammar school in the purest sense. Its 
curriculum comprised only classical languages and literature, 
preparing students to attend Harvard or Yale. The grammar 
school was administered by a school master, and augmented by 
additional instructors when enrollments increased. 

The common school, also known as the English 
school, stressed reading, writing and arithmetic 
Common schools were usually adminis- 
tered by the local parish and were 
responsible for obtaining funds by 
local means or directly from taxe 
raised by the colony. Harvard and 
Yale continually provided 
school masters to each 
parish, and even durin 
periods of economic 
i n f 1 a t i o n — 
when the 
master's salary 
was very small 
— there was no 
shortage of 
willing candi- 
dates. Despite 
the large number 
of masters 
available, the 
quality of the 
instructors in the 



common schools was often poor. As a result, they prepared students 
for only secondary study and pre-college institutions. 

In 1647, the General Court of Massachusetts passed an act 
requiring that every community of 50 or more households 
provide for instruction in the rudimentary elements of reading 
and writing. The act succeeded in passing because the colonial 
legislature observed that it was "one chief project of the old deluder 
Satan to keep men from knowledge of the Scriptures." 1 It was also 
thought beneficial to teach the essential elements of the classics when 
the faculties were available. The legislature — after observing the 
positive effects of Boston Latin School — required towns of 100 or 
more householders to have facilities for teaching Latin. 

During the 18th century, a third form of secondary 
school emerged on the New England landscape: 
the academy. Academies, depending upon their 
individual nature, combined the academic elements of both 
common and grammar schools into their curriculums. But 
what most distinguished academies from other secondary 
institutions was their "private" nature. Whereas grammar 
schools restricted enrollment to the youth of better 
parts who were capable of undergoing the strict 
regimen provided by classical instruction, the 
academy added an entirely new dimension 
to secondary schooling: tuition. While 
many of these schools were 

designed as "free," the school 
master often extracted a fee 
for his services. In the 
least glorious cases, 
academies 
amounted to 
little more 
than group 
tutorials with 
an individual 
master 

(private tutors 
had existed 
throughout the 
colonial era). 

(continued on 
overleaf) 




Academies, as Robert Middlekauff 
notes, "developed an institutional life 
that survived the turnover of [their] 
teachers." 2 They often provided for a 
governing body, outside of the school master, 
to oversee the affairs of the individual school. 
Since academies were usually not overseen 
directly by the local parish or town, they 
became private institutions, distinct from 
their communities. In the 17th century, it is 
likely that private academies would have 



afforded a magnificent view of the marshland 
and ocean. The setting provided an idyllic 
environment for the preparation of boys for 
further study. Distanced from Boston and 
even neighboring Newburyport, the grounds 
offered little distraction from academic 
study. 



rious bandanna drawn before his face, from 
which he derived his sobriquet." 4 Despite 
the odd behavior of his father, the younger 
Samuel Moody succeeded at Harvard and 
returned to York to oversee the local school 
(where he was never seen with any curious 
implements wrapped around his head). 



I 



t was Dummer's wish that the Mansion 
House would serve as the income 
source for the school, but his will did not 



w 




"Dummer School quickly gained a reputation at Harvard for 
successfully preparing the finest students in each class. Moody 
enjoyed unrivaled success in this regard; only four years after the 
founding of Dummer School, 13 members of the first graduating 
'class' were enrolled as first-year students at Harvard College." 



been shunned by the established church; a 
private school would have conflicted with 
each community's goal of providing 
education and elementary religious training 
in the spirit of public good. 

But by the end of the 18th century in 
Massachusetts, private secondary 
schools had become institutions in 
their own right, gaining a critical lock on the 
preparation of boys for college study. 
Certain academies began to specialize in 
preparing students for individual college 
programs, most notably Harvard and Yale. 

On March 1, 1763, the Dummer 
School, the first boarding academy, 
opened its doors. Located five 
miles south of Newburyport — a hub of 
trade and commerce 38 miles north of 
Boston — in the parish of Byfield, the new 
academy was positioned just off the Old Bay 
Road, adjacent to the rural marshes of the 
Atlantic. The Reverend Moses Parsons, a 
local minister, preached Isaiah 32:8 in his 
opening sermon: "But the liberal deviseth 
liberal things, and by liberal things he shall 
stand." With these words began the era of 
elite private secondary schooling in America. 

Dummer Academy, as it would 
become known upon incorporat 
ing 20 years later, was created by 
the estate of a well-known Massachusetts 
figure, William Dummer, who had twice 
served as Governor of his province. His 
family had been an influential force in the 
Massachusetts Bay colony since the early 
17th century The grounds that would 
support the academy bearing his name had 
been his summer estate, which included the 
"Mansion House," constructed in 1712. As 
it does today, the house stood five miles from 
the ocean, and from the upper stories 



establish who would be held formally 
accountable for the rent, repair and upkeep of 
the property. Instead of renting the estate to 
an individual family, the initial school master 
took up residence and rented — or charged a 
boarding fee — for students to live in the 
Mansion House. Thus, while Dummer had 
envisioned a free grammar school, the 
available facilities and rural location 
facilitated the creation of a very different 
type of institution — a boarding academy. 



AJ 



fter Dummer's death on October 26, 
1761, the property was rented out 
for a term of one year to provide for 
the building costs of the initial academic 
facility — a one-story schoolhouse to be 
erected near the Mansion House. According 
to Dummer's wishes, the master's election 
was permanent; Dummer's will included a 
clause that only the Overseers of Harvard 
College could remove the master from his 
position. This clause was never imple- 
mented, in part, because of the careful 
selection of the original master, the Rev. 
Samuel Moody. Moody, A.B. Harvard 1746, 
was formerly Instructor and Master at the 
York Grammar school in Massachusetts 
(now part of Maine), where he enjoyed a 
strong reputation. Moody came from an 
illustrious but eccentric family. His 
grandfather, Samuel Moody, had served and 
ruled the first parish ofYork for most of his 
life. His father, Joseph Moody, however, 
developed many peculiarities that eventually 
tagged him as "Handkerchief Moody" 
throughout the colony. Apparently, Joseph's 
father had persuaded him to enter the 
ministry, where "his mind began to grow 
unsettled, and a miserable hallucination, like 
that which tormented the poet Cowper, 
took possession of his soul." 3 From then on, 
every time Joseph Moody appeared in 
public, he would be seen wearing a "myste- 



hile at the grammar school, 
Moody attracted a number of 
young students from outside of 
the area because of 
his "high degree of 
celebrity." 3 Even a 
few sons from 
Boston and 
Newbury made the 
long trek to York to 
study under his 
auspices. Moody's 
early success at York was ironic when one 
considers that he had failed to establish 
himself as a clergyman before entering the 
teaching profession. It appears, however, 
that parents were willing to overlook the 
physical isolation of fhe-institution and the 
untested religious credentials of the master 
once the school had established itself as 
providing superior academic training. 



I 



' n 1763, Moody began teaching local 
boys and a handful of other students 
.who made the journey to study under his 
direction at Dummer School. In the first 
year, 28 students — mostly boarding — 
studied under Moody at Dummer School. It 
is likely that some of his initial students 
came from York to complete their secondary 
studies under his direction. Very few records 
remain of Moody's early years at Dummer. 
It is known that he was given complete 
control of the institution, perhaps contrary to 
the wishes ofWilliam Dummer. According 
to the original will, the school was "free," 
but Moody extracted a nominal salary and 
funds to maintain the facilities by charging 
tuition and boarding fees.While no records 
remain, stories suggest that Moody imposed 
tuition only on those students who could 
afford it. 6 . Thus, the first private, "free" 
boarding academy was not really a free 
institution at all for students residing outside 
the immediate community. It was, again 
perhaps contradicting the original will, the 
first fee-based boarding academy that saw as 
part of its mission the education of affluent 
Massachusetts Bay Colony sons. While 
tuition-based teaching was not new — other 
academies had been created earlier in the 
century — the notion of a tuition-based 
boarding school whose primary goal was the 
preparation of students for college study was 
revolutionary. It appears that Dummer 
School was one of the first secondary 



18 The Archon - Winter 1997 



institutions that requested a fee for enroll- 
ment. 

Dummer School quickly gained a 
reputation at Harvard for success 
fully preparing the finest students in 
each class. Moody enjoyed unrivaled success 
in this regard; only four years after the 
founding of Dummer School, 13 members of 
the first graduating "class" were enrolled as 
first-year students at Harvard College. 
Perhaps this was because Dummer's 
curriculum was designed to prepare pupils to 
excel in further study. By the end of his 
tenure, Moody was preparing more than a 
quarter of Harvard's students for their 
college study. In fact, the School prepared a 
far greater percentage of its students for 
Harvard College than any other institution 
well into the 1 9th century. 

Jk s the word of Moody's success 
L\ spread, demand for his teaching 
JL _^grew. Local and boarding students 
flocked to Dummer School because of 
Moody's reputation as a leading teacher. A 
decade after opening its doors, the student 
body included nearly 25 boarding students 
— who kept residence in the Mansion 
House — in addition to the non-boarding 
population. Because of Moody's immediate 
success at drawing the sons of established 
New Englanders to 
his school, the 
governing body saw 
no need to intervene 
in the affairs of the 
school, despite 
Moody's departure 
from Dummer's 
original intentions. 



treated me with all the tenderness possible.... The 
needy are witnesses to his very great generosity. 8 

Moody's eccentric and benevolent 
behavior has provided for many 
humorous anecdotes. His garb, 
consisting of a long, green flannel gown and 
a tasseled smoking cap, was but one example 
of his bizarre demeanor. Moody was well 
known for his belief that classroom silence 
was a detriment to study; he thus advocated 
that each boy review his lessons out loud. 
Many former students recounted their 
experiences trying to study with a constant 
hum and buzz of other students' attempting 
to memorize the same material. Unlike 
other schoolmasters of the era, Moody did 
not resort to "the stick" as punishment for 
misbehavior, except as a threat. One 
humane punishment he offered has served as 
a model for countless parents and school- 
masters for centuries since then: Once, upon 
observing the misbehavior of a pupil, he 
banned the student from participating in 
Saturday afternoon sports until he had read 
the entire book of Proverbs. 

Edward Preble, the son of a Brigadier 
General, was once disciplined by 
Moody for assaulting a fellow student 
during recess. When Moody heard about the 
incident, he chased Preble around the little 



ment and preparation. 

Moody's great success and 
reputation were based on the 
rigorous standards to which he 
held his pupils. Despite the emphasis on 
classical training, Dummer School's 
curriculum was extremely progressive by 
the standards of colonial America. In 
addition to rigorous training in Latin and 
Greek, the school, much to the dismay of 
local ministers, offered training in dance — 
by a French instructor, no less. Equally as 
sacrilegious — in the eyes of local ministers 
— was Moody's cancellation of classes on 
hot summer days so that his pupils might go 
swimming. Moody also instructed students 
in the rudimentary elements of literature and 
hired a French instructor to supplement his 
classical language teaching. 

By comparison to traditional parish 
schools, religion played a relatively 
small role in the School's curriculum. 
A former student described Moody as 
"Calvinistic in Sentiment, [but he] consid- 
ered it unprofitable, and unbecoming of 
ministers to dwell chiefly in their preaching 
upon the mysteries of the heaven, which are 
incomprehensible to all." 1 " While Moody 
occasionally encountered opposition from 
local ministers for his limited emphasis on 




"[Moody] slammed the shovel down on a desk, narrowly 
missing the boy's head. Moody exclaimed to his class, 'Boys, 
did you observe the Brigadier when I struck? He never 
winked. He'll be a general yet.'" 



Samuel Phillips, an early student of 
Moody's who would later play a 
critical role in founding the Phillips 
Academy in Andover and Phillips Exeter 
Academy in Exeter, New Hampshire, was 
sent to Dummer School in 1764 because his 
parents believed the education "promised to 
be superior to the local grammar school." 7 
The young Phillips, who obviously enjoyed 
his studies under Moody wrote to his parents 
before graduation in 1767: 

~W~hope I shall ever he thankful that it was my 
M fortune to fall under the tutelage of such a 
A- worthy gentleman (Moody). He has almost 
every thing requiste [sic] to constitute the scholar, 
and the gentleman ... . He has one very valuable 
quality in particular. ..in telling people their 
failings and faults, without incurring their 
displeasure.... He has been extremely kind upon 
every occasion; he scarce every denyd [sic] me a 
request, I believe never a reasonable one; he has 



schoolhouse, brandishing the school's fire 
shovel. When he cornered Preble in the 
classroom, he slammed the shovel down on a 
desk, narrowly missing the boy's head. 
Moody exclaimed to his class, "Boys, did 
you observe the Brigadier when I struck? 
He never winked. He'll be a general yet." 9 
(Indeed, Preble would one day become 
famous as a U.S. Navy Commodore and the 
scourge of Barbary pirates.) 

Within a decade of opening, the 
enrollment of Dummer School 
had increased to over 50 
students. Clearly, given the number of 
students who were forced into the small 
room each day, the standards of overcrowd- 
ing were very different in colonial America. 
The dozens of students who shuffled their 
way into the Little Red Schoolhouse every 
morning suggests that physical comfort was 
a secondary concern to academic achieve- 



religion, parents of students did not seem to 
mind. Moody's academic reputation was 
what drew students to his institution. 

Until the establishment of other 
similar academies, Moody's school 
remained a monopoly of sorts, 
providing an elite secondary education away 
from the larger towns where grammar 
schools were located. Parents appreciated 
Moody's sincerity and rigorous academic 
training. Students were pleased to have an 
endearing and compassionate teacher. 
Nehemiah Cleaveland, President of the 
Academy from 1821 to 1840, remarked at 
the centennial address in 1863: 

For more than a score of years, it was the only 
institution of the kind, and had, therefore, the 
whole field to itself With advantages of 
education much inferior to those which it actually 
afforded, scholars might have flocked to the 



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school, since they could go no where else — // 
boys did sometimes come ro Dummcr School 
because it held at that time a monopoly in the 
educational line, they remained because they 
found there all which they could desire. 

Moody's pedagogical methods, 
which involved student mterac 
tion as well as frequent outings, 
created a sense of community and family 
within the school. Apparently, there was 
little concern that the libertine behavior of 
boarding students in British public schools 
would make its way across the Atlantic. 
Because of Moody's direct involvement with 
even- aspect of school lite, there are no 
recorded incidents ot illicit activity; the 
respect and admiration accorded to Moody 
by his students most likely contributed to 
this as well. 

It is likely that Moody's health had 
something to do with his unorthodox 
behavior and methodology; from an 
early age, he was afflicted with a type of 
"nervous affection, which gave him a very 
humble opinion of himself and of all his 
performance."" Perhaps having a father 
referred to as "Handkerchief Moody" 
contributed to his low self-esteem. After 
serving the School for nearly three decades 
and overseeing its growth and incorporation, 
Moody developed a "mental aberration. 



It should not be forgotten, however, that 
Moody's years at the Academy were an 
experiment and the fact that Dummer 
School became a self-sustamms> boarding 
institution was mere accident. It should be 
noted, though, that despite William 
Dummer's intention to create a grammar 
school, Dummer Academy evolved into 
something very different. This last point 
illustrates the great significance of Dummer 
Academy: it was, indeed, the first institution 
of a private nature that saw as its mission the 
direct preparation of select students for 
college study. Unlike the Latin and 
grammar schools and private academies that 
had come before it, Dummer School's 
mission — though not defined in William 
Dummer's will — was an elite one. While 
the school initially earned its elite reputation 
because of Moody's success in preparing such 
a substantial portion of Harvard students, it 
was also elite m a different sense; the school 
was, by its nature, exclusive because of the 
tuition it charged. 

In his 1922 dissertation at the University 
of Pennsylvania, Emit Grizzel concluded 
that Dummer Academy was the 
"connecting link between the Latin 
Grammar school and the [modern] academy, 
combining the classical curriculum of the 
former with the private control and support 
of the latter." 13 While Dummer School was 




"Phillips Exeter Academy and Phillips Academy in Andover... 
incorporated many aspects of Samuel Moody's design into their 
development. The growth and success of these institutions through- 
out the 19th century can be seen as a fitting tribute to the school 
thev were modeled after — Dummer School." 



which though at first slight, was afterwards 
so increased as to incapacitate him for the 
responsibilities of his situation."' 2 Six years 
after retiring from the Academy in 1789, 
Moody died in Exeter, New Hampshire. 

Before the American Revolution, 
Dummer School's reputation as the 
premier New England secondary 
school was already established. In its early 
years, Dummer School trained an incredibly 
disproportionate number of the country's 
leaders. Fifteen members of the Continental 
and United States congresses, two justices of 
the Supreme Court, four presidents of 
Harvard and countless Harvard professors 
had been schooled by Master Moody at 
Dummer School. Without his direction, in 
fact, it is unlikely that Harvard would have 
gained its unrivaled academic reputation. 



not exclusively an institution for the sons of 
the New England gentry, it gave rise to 
similar institutions with elite aspirations. 
Phillips Exeter Academy and Phillips 
Academy in Andover, which were founded 
shortly after the American Revolution, 
incorporated many aspects of Samuel 
Moody's design into their development. The 
growth and success of these institutions 
throughout the 19th century can be seen as a 
fitting tribute to the school they were 
modeled after — Dummer School. 

Footnotes 

'Peckham, Howard. Education in Early America — 
A Guide to an Exhibition in the Clements 
Library, (Ann Arbor, 1967) p. 4. 

2 MiddlekaufF, Robert. Ancients and Axioms: 

Secondary Education in Eighteenth-Century 
New England, (New Haven, 1963) p. 139. 

'Cleaveland, Nehemiah. A History of Dummer 
Academy Being Tlie Centennial Discourse 
delivered August 12th, 1,863, (Newburyport, 



1914) p. 20. 
'Cleaveland. 20. 
5 Cleaveland. 20. 
"Cleaveland, 21. 
Allis, Frederick. Youth from Every Quarter, 

(Andover. 1979) p. 19. 
8 Allis, 21. 
'Ragle, John. Governor Dummer Academy History 

1163 - 1963. (Byfield, 1963) p. 22. 
"From the funeral sermon of Master Moody, 

December 1795. 
"Moody, Charles. Biographical Sketches of the 

Moody Family — Notices of 10 ministers and 

Several Laymen From 1633 to 1842. 

(Boston, 1847) p. 118. 
''Dummer Catalogue, 1844. 
''Gnzzell, Emu. Origin and Development of the 

High School in New England Before 

1865., A Tlicsis Presented to the Faculty of the 

Graduate School. (Philadelphia, 1923) p. 29. 

Other Works Referenced 

Baltzell, Digby. Puritan Boston and Quaker 

Philadelphia. Boston: Beacon Press, 1979. 

Currier, John. History of Newbury, Mass. Boston: 

Damrell and Upham, 1902. 

Cremin, Lawrence. American Education — The 

Colonial Experience. New York: Harper and 

Row, 1970. 

Currier, John. Ould Newbury: Historical and 

Biographical Sketches. Boston: Damrell and 

Upham, 1896. 

Dalton, Marshall. Tlie Trustees of Governor Dummer 

Past and Present. An address delivered at the 

Annual Dinner of the Governor Dummer 

Alumni at the Harvard Club of Boston on 

February 2, 1954. 

Dodge Family. Puritan Paths from Naumkeag to 

Piscataqua. Newburyport: Private Press, 1963. 

Fuess, Claude. An Old 
New England School. 
Boston: Houghton 
Mifflin, 1917. 
Fuess, Claude. Tlie Story 
of Essex County. New 
York: Historical 
Society, 1920. 
Northend, William. 
Exercises at the One 
Hundred and Twenty- 
Fifth Anniversar}' of 
Dummer Academy at Newbury, Byfield Parish, Mass. 
June 19, 1888. Salem: Salem Press, 1888. 
Peckham, Howard. Education in Early America — 
A Guide to an Exhibition in the Clements Library. 
Ann Arbor: Michigan, 1967. 
Smith, Vale. Histor)' of Neivbur)port. Newburyport: 1 854. 



Jason Busch, an historian and 
a bookbinder, will receive his 
B.A./M.A. in American 
History and English Literature 
from the University of Penn- 
sylvania in May. A full-length 
version of this paper is 
available through the GDA 
Communications Office. 



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The Lost Boys of Kakuma 

(continued from page 1 1) 
was able to achieve a broader percep- 
tion of this question, I was met mostly 
with nods and the impression that this 
was not a question they had ever 
considered. I ended each interview by 
asking what they thought was the 
most important thing in life. Every 
elder I interviewed gave the same 
answer: respect. 



meet a few of the boys at 8 a.m. in the 
soccer field. I did not expect that 
anyone would actually come: I won- 
dered, "Why would a bunch of boys in 
a refugee camp want to learn forward 
rolls?" I arrived the next morning at 
8:05 to find 25 Sudanese boys be- 
tween the ages of eight and 23 
waiting in the field. A boy named 
Anthony sauntered up to me and said, 
"You're late, Ms. Heersink. We've been 






Left: Heersink with Anthony (left) 
and Tom (right) and a three-leafed 
plant that the boys said symbolized 
their friendship. 



"Anthony was talking 
about helping boys who 
couldn't swim get 
iver when they had to flee 
Ethiopia after the fall of Mengistu's regime in 
1991 . Where was I in 1991? Seventeen, finish- 
ing my junior year at Governor Dummer, wor- 
rying about getting caught for smoking...." 



Before I had arrived at the camp, I 
had read a book of stories and draw- 
ings of refugee children called One 
Day We Had To Run. A picture in it by 
a 1 3-year-old Sudanese boy entitled 
My Village in Sudan depicts a typical 
scene: a mother and father and some 
children playing outside their grass 
huts and a car with two white people 
with cameras beside it. The child is 
quoted in the caption: "In my village in 
Sudan, people would come and take 
photographs of us and ask us about 
our terrible life. We would tell them 
how we had lost our cattle, how we 
needed help. Then they would go 
away. Again and again. We thought 
they would help. Then one day we had 
to run. Nobody came back to help. 
Don't ask me about my problems. You 
will just go away, too." I knew from the 
beginning that I was only in the camp 
to collect what people wanted to share 
with me. I, too, was just passing 
through. 

I am not sure how it started - 
perhaps from a casual question about 
what I did in the States - but the next 
day I was coaching a gymnastics class 
in a dusty soccer field. I agreed to 



waiting." It was the easiest gymnastics 
class I have ever taught. I asked them 
to make a circle and before I could 
blink all 25 of them were in a circle, 
waiting and listening. We had class 
every day for the rest of the time I was 
in the camp. They enjoyed all of it: 
helping each other to do splits, 
cartwheels, handsprings and flips, 
each one utterly fearless. It was 
impossible for me to imagine that 
these were the same children whom I 
had read about in Human Rights 
Watch Report. I wondered, "These 
children had walked 500 miles across 
the desert? These children and their 
lost friends had been used as cannon 
fodder? These children did not know if 
their families were alive or dead?" 
Upon closer inspection, I began to 
notice shrapnel bits lodged in a boy's 
leg, missing fingers and unusual 
memories. During my gymnastics 
classes with these boys, I began to 
hear bits and pieces of their history. 
They are the same children, I realized. 

When I went to meet the boys for 
our third gymnastics class, the sky 
looked ominous, but we began stretch- 
ing anyway. Before we got to splits, 



the rain started - heavy, quick rain. I 
walked with Anthony - the group's 
leader — back to his hut. Inside, the 
walls were covered with newspaper 
clippings about movies and wars. I 
taught him and two other boys how to 
play Crazy Eights. Anthony explained 
the rules to them in Peri, his tribe's 
native language. Anthony is 23 — my 
age. He was lucky. ..in relative terms. 
In 1 986, when he was 1 2 years old, he 
had been kidnapped by the SPLA on 
his way home from school. Anthony 
escaped from the SPLA and walked to 
Ethiopia, where he lived with a family. I 
asked myself, "What was I doing when 
I was 1 2 years old?" My little sister had 
just been born. I was worried about 
having the right jeans and was dread- 
ing the coming of my period. Anthony 
was walking to Ethiopia. 

When we left the hut so I could walk 
back to the U.N. compound to get 
some dry clothes, we had to pass 
through a thigh-high river that had 
formed in the middle of the Sudanese 
market. Anthony was talking about 
helping boys who couldn't swim get 
across the Gilo River when they had to 
flee Ethiopia after the fall of 
Mengistu's regime in 1 991 . Where was 
I in 1 991? Seventeen, finishing my 
junior year at Governor Dummer, 
worrying about getting caught for 
smoking, lying out in back fields with 
friends. He was helping people ford a 
crocodile-infested river. I arrived at the 
camp wondering, "How do these boys 
have a sense of themselves? What 
binds them? Whom do they learn 
from?" They are bound, I learned. They 
might not have gone through tribal 
initiation scarification, but they have 
their own scars, and they have been 
bound. 

Human survival is amazing. The 
boys I met in the camp have developed 
new ways to live together. Every group 
of boys has its own makeshift mother 
and father. I asked each of the boys 
what they thought was the most 
important thing in life, and they all 
answered, "education." They have faith 
in education. The boys believe that if 
they can get an education, they can 
have a future. One boy said to me, "As 
long as I am still learning, I will 
become a scholar and make a name 
for myself." Another told me, "The 
most important thing is to join a 
school. ..to know something that an 
uneducated person cannot know." 

One Saturday, I attended a work- 
shop sponsored by the Youth and 
Culture department of L.W.F. The 
session started at eight o'clock in the 



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morning and lasted until five at night. 
The messages of the workshop were 
about self reliance and initiative. At 
the end of the day, the boys were 
asked to summarize what they had 
learned. The first boy stood up and 
said, "We will be successful if we have 
discipline." The list continued until 
they had named 1 5 items they had 
learned in the nine-hour session. 
During the workshop, I kept wonder- 



time I was in the camp, donors were 
beginning to pull out. I saw two van 
loads of donors pass through the 
camp, taking a short tour to snap 
photos before they flew away. There 
are several programs in the camp that 
focus on preparing for the future, both 
through education and technical 
training. The hope is that when the 
refugees are able to go home, they will 
possess the skills they need to help 



"...The whole 
system is running 
on hope — hope 
that maybe some- 
day there will be 
) peace, or that 
they will get an 
opportunity to 
study abroad. But that is the only thing; there 
are no short term rewards, no families to disap- 
point, absolutely nothing to lose from commit- 
ting crimes; nothing except the possibility that 
"ie future might be better." 



ing, "Why are they here?" It was 
Saturday during their school holiday, 
and for nine hours they sat and 
listened to someone talk at them 
about self reliance. Many of them had 
walked across the desert alone, and 
they were being lectured about being 
self reliant? I could not imagine what 
was keeping them there. It was not 
because they didn't have anything 
better to do; anything would have 
been better. It is hope, I realized; the 
whole system is running on hope — 
hope that maybe someday there will 
be peace, or that they will get an 
opportunity to study abroad. But that 
is the only thing; there are no short 
term rewards, no families to disap- 
point, absolutely nothing to lose from 
committing crimes; nothing except the 
possibility that the future might be 
better. 

Every article I read about the 
Sudanese situation ends with, "...and 
then they reached Kakuma." That is 
the end of the story, as if the world 
can stop worrying about the Sudanese 
because they are getting their 1 ,000 
calories a day. But it does not end 
there for the refugees. During the 



rebuild their country. There is a need 
for more programs, but the camp is 
receiving less money because, it 
seems, there are not enough miser- 
able people to justify continued aid. 
Kakuma is meant to be only a way 
station, but most of the refugees have 
been there for more than five years 
now, and any hope for that to change 
grows dimmer with every passing day. 

In the two years since Deirdre 
Heersink was in Kakuma, she has 
graduated from Hamilton College, 
traveled around the U.S. and presented 
several lectures before school and 
church groups about her experiences 
in Sudan. She continues to receive 
letters regularly from many of the 
friends she made in Kakuma and to 
search for ways to help them. Cur- 
rently, she is attempting to organize a 
video project on the refugees' plight in 
the hope that focusing world attention 
on the problem may bring about 
solutions. If you would like to contrib- 
ute to Heersink's efforts through 
suggestions or donations, contact her 
at 4 N Street, Plum Island, 
Newburyport, MA 01950. PI 



Making Meaning from the World 

(continued from page 15) 
talk about, while the other part is the 
hands-on element. For example, you 
may not take the perfect photograph 
while you're here. But when you do, we 
want you to have mastered the enlarger 
so you'll know just what to do in 
making a print." 

Stowens and Lenane also agree 
about the social ramifications of the arts 
on the GDA community: "The social 
aspect is fascinating to me," Lenane 
says. "There's a very positive feeling 
that results from the concerts, the gallery 
openings, as well as displaying student 
art in the buildings around campus. It's 
fun. I remember walking across the 
quad one winter afternoon when a 
group of girls from the Chorus sponta- 
neously erupted in caroling. It was just 
wonderful." 

Ultimately, Lenane concludes, 
the question of continuing the progress 
and recent success must be addressed. 
He says, "It's my job to be constantly 
asking the questions, 'To what stan- 
dard?' and 'What's the next step?' 
What's of final importance," he says, "is 
that the student develop a knowledge of 
the theoretical foundations upon which 
all criticism is based. This holds equally 
true for the process of grading, because 
the whole area of assessment in the arts 
is so difficult. That's why this process of 
feedback and making the work visible is 
so important." 

The difficulty lies not only in 
the subjective nature of art, but also in 
the task that stands before all teachers: 
finding a balance between nurturing and 
disciplining young minds. "I emphasize 
process over gifts," Stowens says, "and 
stress that everything is learned skills. 
You can learn how to be a good artist. 
You can learn how to be a good student. 
It's just a matter of diligent practice." 

"In the end," he continues, 
"what you hope is that each student 
really clicks with one faculty member. 
As teachers, we're simply the conduits 
for these youngsters. We try to pass on 
our skills, and they go on to excel far 
beyond us. They're at the most impres- 
sionable age in their lives, and if we do 
our jobs well and give them the right 
tools, they're going to become better 
scholars and better artists, and finally 
eclipse their teachers." WM 



22 The Archon - Winter 1997 



Milestones 



Marriages 

Donald Hayes '68 and Anna deGroote, 
November 8, 1996 

Huw Jones '77 and Cynthia Heydon, 
October 13, 1996 

Stuart Rankin Cawley '79 and 

Alexandra Barringer Silver, October 5, 
1996 

Jared Squires '80 and Jean Lamb, 
October 12, 1996 

Kelly Vandal '85 and Amos Gulezian, 
August 9, 1996 

Kimberly Mooney '86 and Thomas 
McNulty, August 17, 1996 

Ann Blair '87 and Jonathan Silvers, 
October 12, 1996 

Pamela Chase '87 and Troy Paradee, 
August 3, 1996 

Erika J. Sayewich '88 and Sam Buell, 
August 10, 1996 

Births 

Born to Tammy and David Ham '77, a 
son, Jared Stuart; May 21, 1996 

Born to Suzanne and Daniel Cross '81, 
twins; a son, Charles Caroll, and a 
daughter, Madeleine Stevenson; 
December 14, 1996 

Born to Robert and Jennifer 
(Malamud) Shaeffner '81, a son, Max; 
November 10, 1996 

Born to Alexander Gianis and Robin 
Fasciano-Gianis '82, a daughter, 
Phoebe; June 24, 1995 

Born to Sam and Kristen Mackenzie 
Pollard '84, a son, Graham; June 15, 
1996 

Born to Brad and Jill (Twomey) 
Stewart '85, a son, Connor Burke; 
September 22, 1996 

Born to Rob and Melissa (Dyer) 
McLallen '86, a son, Rob Roy, IV; 
September 29, 1996 

Born to Michael and Anita (Russo) 
Bartschat '87, a son, Christoph Michael; 
May 30, 1996 



Born to Jennifer and Mark Edwards '88, 
a son, Daniel Micaiah; September 13, 
1996 

Born to Richard and Deana Boyages 

'88, a daughter, Alexis; October 18, 1996 

Deaths 

Gerald May, class of 1926, died Decem- 
ber 5, 1996 at his home in Kingston. 
Born in Cambridge, May was gradu- 
ated from Governor Dummer Academy, 
Williams College and Harvard Law 
School. In 1937, he became an associate 
in the Boston law firm of Burns & 
Brandon, which eventually became the 
firm of Rich, May, Bilodeau & Flaherty 
and from which he would retire as 
managing partner. During his 40-year 
career, May represented the Boston 
Daily Record and Sunday Advertiser in 
several libel cases and many clients 
before the state Department of Public 
Utilities. During World War II, he 
served on the staff of the Judge 
Advocate General in Washington, D.C. 
He leaves his wife Eleanor 
(McMammon) May; three daughters, 
Katherine of Newton, Loretta of 
Kingston and Eleanor of Farmington, 
CT; and four sons, Gerald May, Jr. of 
Needham, John May of Duxbury and 
Daniel May and Geoffrey May, both of 
Carver; and 11 grandchildren. 

Peter J. Albiani, class of 1928, died 
December 21, 1996 at University of 
Massachusetts Hospital in Worcester. 
He was born in Boston, he lived many 
years in the Boston area and in 
Harwich before moving to 
Shrewsbury in 1991. After graduating 
from Governor Dummer Academy, he 
earned a bachelor's degree from 
Brown University and a master's 
degree from Harvard University 
School of Business Administration. 
Albiani served in the Army in World 
War II and was the founder and owner 
of Mills Falls Restaurant in Newton 
Lower Falls for many years before 
retiring. He previously owned the 
Albiani chain of cafeterias, with 17 
locations in the Boston area. He is 
survived by his wife of 21 years, Ethel 
(Lane) May; a daughter, Susan 



Cunningham of Amesbury; a stepson, 
Gerald M. Jacobsen of Worcester; a 
stepdaughter, Jean Berry of Worcester; 
and three grandchildren. 

William Pinkham Gove, class of 1932, 
died September 17, 1996. 

Harold "Mike" Read, class of 1935, 
died November 1, 1996 at Lawrence & 
Memorial Hospital after a brief illness. 
He was born in Cambridge, MA, and 
attended the Fessenden School before 
Governor Dummer Academy. He 
married Eleanor Blackall in 1939. 
During World War II, Read worked as 
a test engineer at Pratt & Whitney 
Corp., and later as a manager for Sears 
Roebuck Co. Read was later employed 
in the coal industry, first as a sales 
representative for the Chappell Coal 
Co. of Norwich, CT, and later as New 
England district sales manager for the 
Valley Coal Co. of Cleveland, OH. As 
senior sales representative for Law- 
yers Title Insurance Co. of Richmond, 
VA, Read was instrumental in incor- 
porating title insurance as a lender 
requirement for mortgages. An avid 
sailor, Read owned several sailing 
yachts and participated in numerous 
racing events in the Mystic, CT, area. 
He designed and built his own 
catamaran and was a member of the 
Off Soundings Club, the Mason's 
Island Yacht Club and the Ram Island 
Yacht Club. Read was also a member 
of the Norwich and Mystic Rotary 
clubs. In addition to his wife, Read is 
survived by a son, John Read of 
Groton, CT; two daughters, Peggy Fry 
of Concord and Penelope Stevens of 
Fairfield, CT; a sister, Caroline R. 
Harding of Dedham; and four grand- 
children. 



Correction 

The photograph accompanying the 
obituary for Everit B. Terhune, Jr. 
'24 in the fall Archon actually was 
his son, Everit B. Terhune III '59. 
The Archon regrets the error and 
apologizes to the Terhune family. 



The Archon - Winter 1997 23 



ilass Notes 



pre- 



39 



Harold H. Audet 

Secretary 

511 Crocker Avenue 

Pacific Grove, CA93950 

(408) 373-5652 



Russ Hamilton '27 now lives in Desert 
Hot Springs, California. His new 
residence is about 10 miles from Palm 
Springs. During the last year, Russ 
edited and designed a book, Vanishing 
Markers, written by a former railroad 
brakeman. For those of you who do not 
know California, I'll add that Russ has 
traded cold winters for very hot sum- 
mers. T Warren Lane '27 writes, I always 
thought of the Little Red Schoolhouse in 
conjunction with the conjugation of Latin 
verbs. Warren tells me that a trio 
consisting of himself, Jack Calderwood 
'27 and one of the Temple brothers '29 
used to practice there. Warren is not sure 
whether it was Ed or Walter Temple who 
played the baritone sax. John 
Calderwood passed away October 6, 1996 
and is survived by Marjorie Calderwood, 
his wife, 312 Cocheco Park, Dover, NH 
03820. T James McClellan '28 still lives 
in Ipswich, Massachusetts. In the spring, 
he made a trip to South Carolina, for an 
outdoor sculpture show. While there, he 
saw a portrait of himself that had been 
done over 60 years ago. T Rodman 
Gearhart '29 had a stroke earlier this 
year and is now a resident of a nursing 
home in Delray Beach, Florida. His son 
David '64 also lives in Delray Beach. T 
Seth Baker '34 has completed writing his 
memoirs for the benefit of his great- 
grandchildren. Some incidents of his 
career at GDA would make a great 
addition to a future Class letter. T 
Correction from the spring issue of The 
Archon: Cliff Sinnett's America Online 
address should read sinnbipo@aol.com. 



39 



Donald W. Stockwell 

Secretary 

8 Country Hill 

Brattleboro, VT 05301 

(802) 254-5504 



Contributions to our column for this 
issue are pretty skimpy, but at least a few 
of you kept us from drawing a blank. 
Tom Killough's corneal transplant and 
implant operation several months ago 
was a success, and he says his vision is 
much improved. He's almost out of the 
woods, which is great news. ▼ We're not 
sure where John Klotz will be by the 



time you read this, but he will have been 
to San Francisco, San Diego and Hawaii, 
where he was with the Stanford tennis 
team. He envisions sitting by a cabana, 
cultivating a suntan. Following that 
little sojourn, he will have taken off with 
a lovely lady to the Caribbean and St. 
Lucia, for further tennis with the Grand 
Masters. As you can see, John has a 
variety of interests, all of which entitle 
him the honor of being the Bon Vivant of 
Bryn Mawr. T Hank Payson visited GDA 
in October and confirms my findings 
about what a change has taken place. It's 
not only big, but wonderful. Hopefully, 
any of you who happen to be in the 
vicinity of Byfield will make a special 
effort to visit. You will be amazed at 
what has taken place in the past several 
years, and it's not over yet. Hank sees 
Make Lord and Pete Farnum frequently. 
He is headed to Sarasota, Florida, in 
December, and will make a point to get 
an invitation from Tom Tenney for food 
and lodging. ▼ Speaking of Tom Tenney, 
he says there's nothing to report. His 
golf game is on the downward trend, and 
he continues to lose. He was in Con- 
necticut for Thanksgiving, where there 
were about 70 relatives around the 
festive board. They must have to rent an 
arena for the occasion. He didn't say if 
he was carving the turkey. If he does, 
that won't help his golf game. T 
Franklin (Thayer) Richardson is still 
enjoying the best of both worlds: six 
months in Essex, Massachusetts, and six 
months in West Melbourne, Florida. 
Both he and his wife are hale and hearty, 
with sailing, golfing and woodworking 
among other interests to keep them 
active. T I took Phil Simpson to task for 
not keeping in touch with me. Appar- 
ently that hit a sensitive nerve, because 
he called me on the telephone and 
proceeded to berate me in no uncertain 
terms on subjects so disconnected that I 
have to assume he is losing it. Of course, 
the fact that I told him Mike Moonves 
was going to charge him $400 at next 
June's Reunion for his overkill on food 
and drink and generally destructive 
behavior at past get-togethers may have 
had an effect. My wife and I attended 
Homecoming at GDA in the fall and had 
a most enjoyable weekend. Not only 
seeing the changes on campus, but 
attending several meetings with trustees 
and students, as well as participating in 
the numerous social activities. What a 
change in 58 years! 



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William H. Torrey 

Secretary 

112 Fire Island Avenue 

Babylon, NY 11702 

(516) 669-4339 



Bob Goodspeed's wife died in 1995, and 
he remarried in 1996. He and his wife 
live in North Palm Beach, Florida, for 
five months, and the rest of the year in 
North Hampton, New Hampshire. His 
leather business continues at his Florida 
office on Singer Island. He attends 
leather shows in New York City, Paris 
and Miami. T Al Hutchinson sent a long 
letter of thoughts, which are not for 
publication, but I am taking the liberty 
of extracting a few lines of interest from 
his wonderful letter. Al wonders why 
more response from Class members is 
not forthcoming. (Good point.) He feels 
we had an exceptional Class. (So true.) 
He and his wife are enjoying the slower 
pace of Maine life. Their occasional trips 
this year were to Norway, and Nova 
Scotia. Al, your letter was great, and 
truly appreciated. T Bob Little is 
sending his best wishes to all members 
of our Class of '40 and to all of the GDA 
family. He and his wife Jeanne are 
engaged in independent work with 
companies interested in agriculture. One 
is a Dutch tomato seed company, and 
another a Finland chemical company. 
Their interests are world-wide, and they 
are quite physically active. The children 
and grandchildren are fine. Their 
daughter lives nearby, and their son lives 
in the Atlanta area. T Bob Lyle reports 
seeing Bob Schumann, usually when his 
daughter and family kick Thelma (his 
wife of three years) and Bob out. "Schu" 
and Bob have been conquering (?) 
various golf courses including successful 
club invitationals. The Lyles' latest 
interest is croquet. They even spent four 
weeks in England — no golf clubs, but 
croquet mallets instead. Their 
grandson's wedding in Dublin, Ohio, in 
October was exciting. Are great- 
grandparents not far behind? T Norm 
Quint and his wife Pat are on a trip 
through the Panama Canal, and the 
Caribbean for the next two weeks. Then 
they get ready for the holidays. All is 
well in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, and 
winter has arrived. The temperature is 
17 degrees Fahrenheit. ▼■ Dave Solomon 
is 40 percent retired (i.e. still working 
three days a week for the U.C.L.A. School 
of Medicine). Ronnie and Dave are 
trying to master golf, but find it slow 



24 The Archon - Winter 1997 



going. He and his wife have sold their 
house and are moving to a townhouse on 
a golf course. No surprise. T George 
Stobie is living on Kiawah Island, South 
Carolina. He plays golf every day 
possible and loves it. He has a high 
handicap. George would like to know if 
any Classmates live near him. He is 
happily married to a golf and tennis 
player. He says it's a dull but blissful 
life. T Larry Van Doren is working as a 
volunteer at the Frick Collection in New 
York. Frick is the greatest (previously 
private) individual art collection 
anywhere. He's learning a lot and is 
otherwise busy, too. He is not evidently 
as busy as his number one son, who has 
just presented him with a seventh 
grandchild from his end of the family. 
The grand total of grandchildren is nine. 
Congratulations, Larry. ▼ Ben Wright 
has really nothing new to report. He is 
continuing to work on a variety of 
skating-related historical projects. Ben is 
still active locally as a skating official. 
He also continues to lawn bowl, curl and 
play golf at his country club (Winchester, 
MA). It is not strenuous, but is good 
exercise. Merry Christmas and happy 
new year to all. 



'41 



R. Andrew Little 
SecretarylO. 
RD #3, Box 336 
Little Falls, NY 13365 
(315) 823-1662 



Neal Cox writes that he is active in 
Rotary. He just returned from a project 
in Haiti and plans to go to the Interna- 
tional Conference in Scotland in May of 
1997. 



'42 



Seward E. Pomeroy 

Secretary 

29 Berwick Lane 

Worcester, MA 01602 

(508) 752-7469 



Received a card in September from Dave 
Jarvis, who had this comment to make 
on the damp (understatement!) weather 
we have had for just about a year. 
"Dismal weather if you have a restaurant 
beside the water, but we are keeping 
afloat. Big Bertha, Eduoard, Fran, 
Hortense — not my favorite names." 
For those living in the interior of the 
country, these are names of 1996 hurri- 
canes which managed to threaten the 
New England coast last summer. ▼ 
Among the activities that Ted Stitt and I 
attended at Governor Dummer over the 
last weekend in September was a 
meeting relating to our upcoming 55th 
Reunion this June 13th, 14th and 15th. 



We've had comments from several 
members of the Class regarding their 
plans to return, especially from those 
who had been back for our 50th in 1992. 
Looking back over my Class Notes 
written after our 50th, I found these 
comments: Our reunion "sure was a 
great time at a beautiful school. I for one 
am impressed. We should get everyone 
together before another five years." Bill 
Hill said, "That (Reunion) weekend was 
the highlight of our trip north." Bob 
Pickett said, "I really enjoyed seeing all 
you people again after all those years." 
Norton Cushman said, "We did have a 
great time, the 15 of our Class who went 
back in 1992." This brief paragraph is to 
nudge you into thinking about returning 
this June to By field. For those of us who 
were back in 1992, there are startling 
new changes to see. The new locations of 
the Little Red School House and Moody 
dormitory, the new library building and 
the new mathematics-science center, both 
of which were just steel skeletons last 
fall. By June, they should be fairly close 
to completion in order to open for the 
fall term in September. For those who 
didn't make it in 1992, give some serious 
thought to our 55th. It's very enjoyable 
to see each other again, and aside from 
that and the gorgeous campus, there are 
great activities, campus tours, superb 
meals and downright good fun. For our 
Class, now in the "Old Guard" category, 
there's a Friday night dinner at the 
Mansion House with Headmaster Peter 
Bragdon and his wife Dottie. Details will 
be forthcoming, but do plan to make the 
trip back. If you can, bring your wife. 
John Mortimer's wife Hilda and my wife 
Cornelia were classmates at Mt. Holyoke 
College. Last fall, Hilda gave a luncheon 
for classmates within range of their 
home in Stamford, Connecticut. John 
called me at home a few days before we 
were going to drive down to Riverside, 
CT, where we were staying with another 
M.H.C. classmate. We arranged to have 
lunch together at the Hyatt Hotel in 
Riverside. As it turned out, this weekend 
was the time of the very large rain storm 
on the East Coast in mid-October. It 
rained something in the order of six 
inches in nearby New York City. So this 
was definitely a good move for the two 
of us. We had a fine time recalling our 
lives, both at GDA and afterwards. In the 
middle of our meal, John discovered his 
brother Donald and his wife at a nearby 
table. Some of our class will recall Don 
from the Class of 1940 at Governor 
Dummer. ▼ My last letter to you must 
have hit a responsive note, as the returns 
have been pretty good. Here are three 
replies. The rest I'll use in the spring 



issue. If you haven't sent your card and 
still have the letter, fill it out and put it in 
the mail now. T Win Ashworth writes 
that he looked at four schools before 
enrolling at GDA in 1939 for a three-year 
stay. Win writes that he has the feeling 
that Ed Dunning convinced his mother 
that this was the right place to go. 
During these years, his special interest in 
athletics was golf and his favorite course 
was math. The attack on Pearl Harbor 
raised an immediate question, which was 
probably on all of our minds: "How will 
this affect my near future?" Applying to 
college, Win wrote to two and entered 
W.P.I, in Worcester. ▼ Peter Klausen 
looked at two schools before deciding on 
Governor Dummer, where his brother 
Karl preceded him in the Class of '39. 
Peter was at school for his senior year 
and lived in "Sager's Palace." The 
courses he liked best were Mr. Mercer's 
English, and science courses. The latter 
particularly led him to apply to two 
highly respected colleges, M.I.T. and Cal 
Tech. Peter chose the latter, where he 
studied for less than a year before being 
called up by the Army Air Corps. After 
the War, he entered Amherst College, 
from which he graduated in 1949. In the 
sports line at GDA, he played baseball 
and soccer, but really liked basketball 
best. Like most of us, his maturing took 
place most rapidly with Pearl Harbor 
and all that followed. Peter was in the 
Glee Club "and the double quartet — 
'die Meistersingers.' " He ends his note 
with a comment in the margin that reads, 
"I like your sneaky way of gathering 
Class news. Keep it up!" T Hank 
Skinner had an ominous moment in 
1940, flunking out of summer school at 
Exeter. They suggested that he go to 
Governor Dummer, which, they felt, 
would "straighten me out." Hank 
entered that fall of 1940. While at GDA, 
his favorite sport was football and his 
best course was English. Like me, he 
applied to only one college, which was 
the University of Michigan, where he 
entered and remained until the Navy 
shipped him out. Hank returned and 
received his degree in 1947 after the war. 
At Governor Dummer, Hank was a 
member of the Glee Club. T How about 
a note from those of you who have not 
written? We'd like to hear from you, too. 



The Archon - Winter 1997 25 



Glass Notes 



'43 
'44 



Benjamin B. Brewster 

Secretary 

88 Warren Avenue 

Plymouth, MA 02360 

(508) 746-1306 



Steven K. Kauffman 
Secretary 

137 Jefferson's Hundred 
Williamsburg, VA 
23185-8910 
(804) 220-9013 
rnerlin@widowrnaker.com 



Andy Brillhart says he will be in So. 
Padre Island, Texas, for the fall and 
winter. He hopes to see Dennis and 
Mary Anderson there. ▼ Just got a card 
from Nathaniel Dummer of our Class. 
He says, "When one loses one's balance 
and falls, don't leave your fingers 
sticking straight out. I did in July of this 
year and broke the fourth and fifth digits 
on my left hand — a twisting break. 
Very fortunately, I am right-handed. 
Four months later, I have almost gained 
full usage." I broke my own left wrist 
two years ago. I fell down stairs. I've 
also fallen on ice and bruised my hip. 
Now I wear golf spikes whenever there 
is ice in the driveway! ▼ Ben Pearson is 
finally settled in at Bray's Island (Box 30, 
1 South Place, Bray's Island Plantation, 
Sheldon, SC 29941, 803-846-0963). 
Hunting, fishing and golf. Never 
thought retirement would be so much 
fun. Hasn't time to sit down and do 
nothing! (Ain't that the way it is 
supposed to be?) T Warren Perkins was 
drafted into the Navy right after GDA. 
He served until '46. After earning a B.S. 
in electrical engineering from the 
University of Maine, he worked for 
major engineering companies before 
landing in 1963 with Bechtel Corp. He 
stayed with them for 30 years in Caracas, 
Mexico City and Houston. He had two 
children in his first marriage, and he and 
his wife RheuaNell have two children. 
RheuaNell is from California. Warren 
says when they moved to Houston, 
Texas, in 1977, she left heel marks 
through Arizona and New Mexico that 
rival the Grand Canyon. But they retired 
in Houston and love it. Even though he's 
aging — as are we all — and has a litany 
of ailments, he's active, says they are 
both in good health and they travel a lot, 
frequently with Elder Hostel, which he 
recommends for some. T Charlie Ward 
writes that he has retired from Scott 



Paper Co. after 37 years. He is living in 
Vero Beach, Florida, and Wellfleet on 
Cape Cod, with his lovely wife of 47 
years, Jane. There are three sons and 
eight grandchildren. His main activities 
in retirement are grandchildren and golf. 
T Pinky Whitney has retired from being 
sales rep for the Old Town Canoe 
Company after 33 years, but he still has 
five lines he is "peddlin'," so he is "semi- 
retired." He sees a few of his "oV 
customers" regularly. He says that's 
rewarding. Pinky knew Bob Elliott's son 
(Bob and Ray) when the son worked at 
Brooks Brothers. He says he was as 
much fun as his dad. T To enhance the 
GDA family tie, Pete Houston (he was a 
few classes behind us) suggested that he 
and I organize an area get-together — 
strictly social, no ulterior motives. We 
invited folks from Richmond to Virginia 
Beach to meet here in Williamsburg at 
the Resort and Club at Kingsmill on the 
James for the Friday night Chesapeake 
Bay Buffet in the Bray Dining Room. We 
ended up with three and one half 
couples. We had a delightful time, great 
conversation, and delicious food at low 
cost. Those that didn't show missed a 
real treat. 



'45 



Richard A. Cousins 

Secretary 

71 Federal Street 

Newburyport, MA 01950 

(508) 462-4542 



Here are some brief notes from tele- 
phone calls to several classmates in late 
November. Tom Atkins is planning to 
escape "lake effect" snow in Ohio by 
going to Arizona in February and March. 
T Brad Alden is planning a trip to 
Holland and Switzerland next summer. 
T Doug Bean is back from visiting 
relatives in France. While he was there, 
he toured Paris and went to the military 
cemetery in Normandy, which he said 
was quite moving. ▼ Tom Brown has 
sold his real estate business, but contin- 
ues working on a part-time basis. T Jack 
and Jean Gillies have been to Vancouver 
to the Buchardt Gardens. They are both 
active gardeners and were greatly 
impressed. T Dave Graham still works 
full time, but may semi-retire soon. 
Based in Syracuse, he drives 40,000 miles 
a year, which is not a small achievement 
in a location that receives 160 inches of 
snow each year. T Arch Kingsley is 
proud of his son Arch, 24, who is the 
third-ranking steeplechase rider in the 



country, and who won the Breeder's Cup. 
T Bill Page is fully retired and plans to 
spend a month in Florida this winter at 
Bonita Beach. He keeps busy with 
fishing, gardening and tennis. ▼Bob and 
Eleanor Scribner recently returned from 
Ireland and a tour of golf courses. ▼ Bob 
Simon has retired and lives in Beaufort, 
South Carolina. He hopes to see our 
schoolmate Ben Pearson '44, who also 
lives in the area. T Ann and Bots Young 
attended her 50th Reunion at Madeira 
School last summer. 



'46 



George E. Duffy II 

Secretary 

2332 Chrysanthemum 

Street 

Tucson, AZ 85737 

(520) 825-4710 



Hi, gang! What these notes this time 
around lack in quantity, I hope you'll 
find they make up in quality So here 
goes. Paul Gaudin wrote in September 
to say that all was well on Hilton Head. 
A fine summer was had by all, and the 
Gaudins were about to set out to see son 
Greg. T Warren Hill, the Lord of Green 
Bay, has had quite a fall. As he described 
it, "a no-problems quadruple bypass on 
November 11." Nurses were attentive 
and mostly younger than I. In spite of 
his medical adventures, he plans to work 
a trade show in Louisville in December. 
No skiing until late January. Thanks for 
your warm wishes, Warren, and behave 
yourself. T El Presidente Herb Levine 
reports that he's "still working, still 
married to Sandy (38 years)" and is 
living in an empty nest now that 
daughter Rachel was married in June. 
Herb had a glowing reaction to our 50th 
Reunion in June. Sure glad you were 
there! T Doug Miller writes that he is 
content and happily retired. He's even 
reduced his activities on behalf of the 
Newbury Republicans. I'm not sure "Mr. 
Newt" will forgive him for that. T When 
I last heard from Bill Silver, he'd just 
returned from Boston to see new 
grandson number six, Nathan Silver. 
Congratulations, Bill, for being elected 
by your peers of the East Coast District 
Dental Society as "the outstanding 
dentist of the year." In January, Bill will 
give a presentation to the American 
Academy of Forensic Science in New 
York City His topic will be "Dental 
Identification in the Valujet Crash." Best 
wishes to all, and may 1997 be happy and 
healthy on our way to that blasted 



26 The Archon - Winter 1997 



"bridge." May my beloved Red Sox 
finally do it all. Adios, amigos. 



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Samuel C. Gwynne, Jr. 

Secretary 

P.O. Box 2 

East Falmouth, MA 02536 

(508) 548-4775 



50th Class Reunion 
June 13, 14, 15 

Be there! Our 50th Reunion of the Class 
of 1947 is June 13-15, 1997. Jack Dowse 
has retired from his role as president of a 
bank in Illinois and has relocated to 
Fairfield Glen, TN, a central location 
between his grandchildren in Nashville 
and Atlanta. The most recent addition to 
this group has been twins. Jack hopes to 
be back for the 50th Reunion in June. ▼ 
Returning for our Reunion from Wiscon- 
sin will be Les Richard, he of the 
magnificent baritones. He is now a 
retired paper industry executive, and our 
former GDA Glee Club soloist continues 
his love for choral music through his 
participation in a community chorus in 
Appleton. It will be great to see you, 
Les, and we know that Art Sager and Ben 
Stone will look forward to your joining 
the Reunion Glee Club concert. T Also 
writing with enthusiasm about that 
concert is Charlie McLaughlin, who sang 
in a big Christmas concert at the Wash- 
ington Cathedral and who will be taking 
part in a Brahms Requiem in May. In 




Golden class: Members of the 50 th 
Reunion Committee pose with Director 
of Alumni/ae-Parent Relations Michael 
Moonves after a planning session. 
Seated (L-R): Sam Gwynne, Joe Welch, 
Jim Knott, Jack Deering, Brad Harlow. 
Standing (L-R): Moonves, Bill Bailey, 
Peter Sutton, Henry Dunker, Ed Rogers, 
Dan Hall. 

addition to joining the Glee Club concert 
in June, Charlie will be heading up the 
Reunion Alumni Panel on Education, 
which will include classmates Dan Hall 
and Dano Mayo. Also part of the panel 
will be Doug Miller '46 and Hoover 
Sutton '48. ▼ Speaking of our surround- 



ing classes, Reunion Committeeman 
Peter Sutton is writing to members of '46 
and '48 to invite them to be part of our 
50th. All of us had close friends in both 
classes, and we look forward to seeing 
many of them in June. Peter reports that 
there is much interest, and we rejoice! Be 
thereW Peter is also coordinating an 
audio tape (each classmate attending our 
Reunion will receive a copy) of anec- 
dotes concerning our days at GDA. 
While not all anecdotes have to be 
humorous, it appears that many of them 
will be: memories of Roy Ohrn slapping 
that silver dollar; of Inchy Adams 
"standing tall" (on the riser) in Latin 
class; of Buster Navins' adroitness in 
staying one chapter ahead of his geom- 
etry classes; of Art Sager 's meteorology 
class, which always seemed to bear a 
remarkable resemblance to what had 
been reported on the WBZ 6 a.m. 
weather report; of GDA's first female 
teacher, Helen Simmons, and her trials in 
being the first in an all-male environ- 
ment. Search your memory for your 
entry, and then drop Peter a note c/o the 
Alumni/ae Office, marking your 
envelope "1947 Reunion Tape." Peter 
will then contact you to make arrange- 
ments for you to record your anecdote. 
We expect all classmates in the Portland- 
to-Providence corridor to be present at 
our Reunion in June, and we are de- 
lighted to receive notes from those at 
further distances. ▼ Good news that Bob 
Peale will be coming from Arizona, 
Chuck Hartel from Michigan, Jay Curtis 
from Chicago, Allen Hughes from La-La- 
Land. If any classmates are still unde- 
cided, we say be thereV. GDA's greatest 
50th Reunion, June 13-15. 



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S. Kenneth Bruce, Jr. 

Secretary 

1299 Foxfire Lane 

Naples, FL 34104 

(941) 643-7746 



With the help of a Captain Marvel 
decoder ring, I was able to decipher most 
of your notes. A big thanks to those of 
you who responded. If you did send in 
information and didn't make the cutoff 
date, you'll be in the next issue. If you 
haven't taken the time yet, please do so!! 
As you will note above, Nancy and I play 
in Naples, FL, from mid-October to mid- 
May and then move to Block Island, RI, 
the other months. For those of you who 
spend some of the winter months in 
southwest Florida, please give us a call. 
T Alas, alas, word from Prides Crossing, 
MA, is that George Bender is still 
working. It's about time that we heard 



from somebody who is helping the 
G.N. P. On a very somber note, George 
said that his wife Sally of 35 years passed 
away September 20, 1996. Our thoughts 
are with you. T From Duxbury, MA, we 
received a note from Pete Case, who 
retired in 1989 after 30 years teaching 
high school. Wowl The pounding on the 
legs from life on the tennis courts has 
resulted in two hip replacements, so, like 
many of us, he has turned to golf. Pete 
and Lucy have six children and five 
grandchildren. T If any of you want to 
learn more and travel to Nicaragua, get 
in touch with Ash Eames. He's organiz- 
ing a work brigade to Managua this 
winter. His son Ned is in New York City, 
doing development consulting. His 
daughter Polly is married and lives in 
Miami, where she has her own creative 
design business. His son Henley is a 
writer and lives in Mill Valley, CA. Ash 
still lives in Wentworth, NH, is looking 
forward to our 50th and will be there. T 
The first response for this issue came 
from Fritz "No Hit" Freeman, who is 
semi-retired. He works mornings. 
Along with son Woody, he is a 
manufacturer's rep and represents four 
companies. He spends afternoons 
playing golf, riding his bike, doing 
church work and writing a little poetry. 
How's that? Ann and Fritz live in 
Southbury, CT, and have five grandchil- 
dren. His son Woody is getting married 
next summer. T Phil Gemmer reports 
that he has fully retired from being 
President of Forest City Chevrolet in 
Portland, Maine, and has moved to 
Falmouth, ME. He skied on November 
16 at his house in Sugarloaf and says, 
"While I have retired, I don't like it (not 
yet anyway)." T Pete Houston is alive 
and well and establishing roots in his 
new home, Williamsburg, Virginia. His 
career in story-telling continues, and he 
is looking forward to our Reunion. T 
Bill Lindquist is in Sanibel. He writes a 
quick note saying that he and Dorrie 
were leaving on a cruise of the southern 
Caribbean and would write more when 
they returned. (See next issue.) Bill and 
Dorrie live on Sanibel Island, FL, much 
of the year, but go north to their roots in 
Maine for the summer. Bill is one of the 
world's last known experts in the art of 
making "weather sticks." If you want to 
know more, write him or tune in to the 
Internet. T Jack Leary may still go to 
Marco, and Peter Wagner, at one time, 
wintered in Naples. If you'll let me 
know, we could plan an evening to- 
gether! Jack Leary still has the itch to 
move around and has moved way back 
to Newburyport. I assume Jack still 
spends time in Marco Island, FL, when 



The Archon - Winter 1997 27 



Class Notes 



it's cold up north. All five of his children 
attended GDA and are now married. 
"Great in-laws." T Last, but not least, we 
heard from our Class Agent Tom 
Magoun, who is still living in the 
Hampton Beach area. "Twenty-five years 
later, this sleepy little town is now a 
suburb of Boston." Tom retired from the 
brokerage business in 1990 and took up 
gardening, golf and travel. He and 
Barbara have one daughter, Susan, who 
lives nearby with two children. Tom 
echoes the others who are looking 
forward to our 50th. In closing, Tom 
Magoun and I plan to end each issue of 
Class Notes with an update on our June 
1998 50th Reunion. Tom will talk with 
the GDA Alumni /ae Office to get their 
input and what other classes have done. 
We're talking about an informal Class 
Book with pictures (past and present). 
We'll be sending out a questionnaire 
early next year to get your ideas and a 
rough projection on who might attend. 
Plan ahead. If you have noted any 
errors, please let me know and I'll 
apologize in the next issue. 



'49 



Archer B. des Cognets 

Secretary 

94 Vale Street 

E. Melbourne 

Victoria 3002, Australia 

61-3-9428-8131 



John Canepa reports he's commuting 
between homes in Grand Rapids and 
Stuart, FL. Where in Stuart, John? 
Harbor Ridge? T Felt obliged in my last 
request for news to include a couple of 
our P.G.s: Ash Eames and Ken Bruce. 
Ash reported in the '48 column recently, 
so I won't repeat that except to say that 
he is living in New Hampshire and 
loving it. And as he did report, he has 
just completed an educational documen- 
tary on Nicaragua and the World Bank. 
▼ Sam (a/k/a Ken or Sleepy) Bruce 
resides on Block Island and in Naples, 
FL. As will be seen in this issue of the 
Archon, he has taken on the job of Class 
Agent for 1948. I had a chance to visit 
briefly with Sam in Naples a couple of 
years ago, and he looks the same. Hqw 
did he ever get the name Sleepy? T I 
took it upon myself to extract a lunch 
invitation from Bud Frame when I was 
in his part of the world (Rochester, NY). 
Except for a slight loss of the hairy stuff 
up top, he looks exactly the same. I 
hadn't seen Bud in years, and it was a 
wonderful visit. It's amazing how you 



can pick up with old friends just where 
you left off. Can't let so many years go 
by again. ▼ Phil Hopkins reports 
retiring from Raytheon, where he was 
the Security Education Specialist, 
stationed primarily at the headquarters, 
and responsible for disseminating 
security education materials to all of the 
Raytheon facilities. Prior to Raytheon, 
Phil was in education for 18 years as 
Director of Guidance at Bishop Fenwick 
High School in Peabody. Phil has a son, 
two daughters and two granddaughters. 
▼ Rod Jennings reports retirement from 
Pan American in 1992 and, following the 
sale of his house, has been living on a 42- 
foot sailing sloop in Miami Beach. His 
son Scott lives on his own boat and has 
recently started a yacht charter service (1- 
800-678-6426) to cover the Florida Keys, 
the Bahamas and the Virgin Islands. 
Special rates for GDA types. There is 
snow in my yard and a charter in the sun 
sounds good. T A wonderful letter from 
Bill Johnson has him right where you 
would expect him to be — residing in a 
small Maine seaport town, Port Clyde. 
Bill has retired after 30 years with an oil 
company, and reports on four children 
and, I think, four grandchildren, and a 
happy marriage to his schooldays 
sweetheart. T Had a fun and sad 
telephone conversation with Bill Judson. 
Fun because it was great to catch up and 
hear about the successful real estate 
exploits of Judson Realty in New York. 
Sad because Jud reported that classmate 
Bill (Tex) Collins, a business associate of 
his for more than 25 years, passed away 
several months ago. A great loss to Jud 
and to all of us. T A letter from Rick 
Tyler arrived 10 minutes too late to 
make the last issue of the Archon. Rick 
and Ann were off to Italy to do the 
Rome, Florence and Tuscany thing. 
Beautiful country! They come back east 
every summer but mysteriously slip in 
and out undetected. We'll catch them 
next time. On September 1 they cel- 
ebrated their 40th wedding anniversary 
at Sun Valley with their three sons in 
surprise attendance. T Have any of the 
readers of this publication duly noted the 
overwhelming influence of Worcester in 
the '40s classes? Seward Pomeroy '42, 
George Duffy '46, Sam Gwynne '47 and 
yours truly, all stalwart Worcester boys. 
Now, of course, the President of the 
Board of Trustees, Dan Morgan '67, 
carries on with that Worcester tradition. 
T Back to Australia shortly after the first 
of the year. The goal is endless summer. 



Anyone heading that way, please do look 
us up. 



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Alan F. Flynn, Jr. 

Secretary 

1 Katherine Road 

Rehoboth, MA 02769 

(508) 252-6482 



As is always the case, responses are 
reported in the same sequence as their 
arrival. That means that some just 
missed the last edition, while others 
have just been received. T Charlie 
Bowen is enjoying retirement. "Just 
returned from two weeks in Alaska 
amongst the bears and two weeks on a 
45-foot cruiser with another couple in the 
San Juan Islands and British Columbia 
coast. A fabulous time was had!" 
Charlie hosted a dinner party for Stu 
Otis '48 and Tom Nathan '36 when Betsy 
Winder of the GDA Development Office 
was in Lake Forest in October. More on 
Charlie Bowen came from Tim Greene 
after a telephone conversation with 
Charlie and Calvine. The Bowens' 
younger daughter, Lucia, is now in 
Manchester, England, where her 
husband's job has taken them for a few 
months. Needless to say, a trip to visit 
has already been booked. T Bob Comey 
is "recovering from a shorter-than- 
expected baseball season." The Cleve- 
land Indians fell short of his expecta- 
tions. Bob did get in a legitimate shot at 
your Class Secretary. "I hear Al Flynn is 
still in shock after the Red Sox beat the 
Indians after 18 straight losses." I 
wonder what Bob's reaction will be to 
Albert Belle's mega-bucks move to 
Chicago. T You will all be relieved to 
know that Dave Esty's most recent 
response to "Class?" is "Yes, lots." 
Residence in Bristol, RI, has begun to 
have an impact. T A funny thing 
happened to my wife Emi a short while 
ago as she maneuvered her car slowly 
toward a coffee shop service window. A 
middle-aged gentleman approached her 
on foot, waving wildly. She tried to 
ignore him, but he was very persistent. 
Finally she had no choice but to ac- 
knowledge him as he loomed over the 
driver's window. It was a GDA Reunion 
hat he was waving. He had spotted mine 
in the rear window of the car. He was 
Barry Gately, GDA Class of 1952. 
Another unexpected example of the 
ubiquitous GDA connection. T An 
address correction was passed along by 
Rick Greenwood. While not totally 



28 The Archon - Winter 1997 



removed from Gardner, MA, he spends 
most of his time either in Plymouth, or 
on Nantucket, "where a great segment of 
my business is located." Rick suggests 
that we use 7 Blackmer Lane, Plymouth, 
MA 02360. ▼ "Have relocated to Mt. 
Pleasant, just outside Charleston, SC," 
writes Jack Ives, but he still commutes to 
New York every other week. Jack's 
daughter Angela, GDA '93, will graduate 
from Clemson in May. His salutation 
was, "See you at our 50th." T 1996 has 
been a significant year for Dick Patton. 
It included a 25th wedding anniversary 
and 65th birthday. Dick says, "The 
advent of social security has yet to occur, 
as the first check is months lost in the 
system" Dick still serves on several 
boards but intends to retire at the end of 
the year — another '96 milestone. "I 
plan to spend more time on the ski 
slopes. Beats trying to sell securities to 
banks. The idea of our 50th from GDA 
lurks just around the corner!" T Mai 
Robertson remarked, "Wish I could join 
you guys at S.E. New England '50 Club 
meetings. How about one in Chicago!" 
Mai and wife Rita have retired but he 
continues to do consulting and handles 
investments. Their son is with IBM Asia 
Pacific, liaison for trade to Japan, Korea 
and Australia. Their daughter and her 
husband are computer consultants in 
sales automation in Denver. 



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52 



Fred H. Barrows III 

Secretary 

136 Hope Street 

Bristol, RI 02809 

(401) 254-1909 

Howard C. Reith, Jr. 

Secretary 

7 Appaloosa Lane 

S. Hamilton, MA 01982 

(508) 468-0203 



Franklin E. Huntress, Jr. 

Secretary 

5C Independence Way 

Glover Landing 

Marblehead, MA 01945 

(617) 631-4785 



45th Class Reunion 
June 13, 14, 15 

John Murdock writes, "My eldest 
daughter Merrick (40) recently presented 
us with our first grandchild, and my 
youngest daughter Bronwen (26) just 
completed 20 sky dives at a diving 
school in Spain. Bronwen still drives her 
motorcycle, a Yamaha 535, to her 
catering job in London, and all over 



Britain in all weather. All of the above 
keeps my wife Elizabeth and me 
relatively youthful, if not on our knees! 
How about those Yankees! See you in 
London. T The Phantom must come from 
MN because the card was made there. 
Dr. Livingstone said the Liberty Bell has 
a crack in it. Came here because I have 
family here. I was sorry that they built 
Eames on Chocolate Soldier Hill. 
Remember? T Allen Smith writes, 
"Owned Music by Muzaw franchise, 
Washington D.C. After 35 years, I retired 
in 1994. In residence in Naples, Florida, 
and Alexandria, Virginia. I am married, 
with six children — two boys and four 
girls. We have seven grandchildren — 
six girls and one boy. I attended the 40th 
Reunion in October 1996, Northwestern 
University, Evanston, Illinois. I expect to 
attend GDA's 45th with my Class in June 
1997. 



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William C. Pinkham 
Secretary 
P.O. Box 369 
Glenmoore, PA 19343 
(610) 942-3273 



Memories of senior year . . from "the 
Palms," who remembers the '52 Tabor 
game senior year. He writes, "I played 
behind the 'one-eyed Oz' all year until 
the big game. Oz got hurt, I played one 
play, broke my leg and ended the year. 
As you recall, we went undefeated, tying 
Tabor in that game 6-6." Fortunately, 
most of us ended the season on a 
healthier note. T Hard to believe our 
40th Reunion is a little over a year away. 
T On another note, Peter Harrison has 
moved and left no forwarding address. 
If any of you have Peter's new address, 
please let me know. 



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Michael B. Smith 

Secretary 

1315 Merrie Ridge Road 

McLean, VA 22101 

(703) 522-4582 

windsabre@aol.com 



Dick Michelson writes that he is enjoy- 
ing being retired. He traveled in Japan, 
Thailand, Viet Nam, Hong Kong and 
China last spring. He climbed and 
backpacked in the Cascades this summer. 
He also trekked at Glacier National Park, 
Malona Mountains and Hell's Canyon 
this fall. He is looking forward to a full 
season of skiing out West. 



'55 



George O. Gardner III 

Secretary 

53 Woodbury Lane 

Acton, MA 01720 

(508) 263-3052 



My wife Karen and I have had a fun year. 
We went skiing in Utah in March. Skied 
at several of the resorts but had the most 
fun at Snow Basin, the site of some of the 
2002 Olympic events. We went to the 
decathlon at the Summer Olympics in 
Atlanta. It was two long days, but fun. 
The decathletes don't get the recognition 
they deserve. I haven't received any 
postcards recently, except for some 
repeat information I had already relayed. 
Please send news. 



56 



James Dean III 

Secretary 

13 Circuit Road 

South Berwick, ME 03908 

(207) 384-9184 



Jim Dean is enjoying the facilities of a 
new gymnasium at Berwick Academy 
and the redesign of the entire campus at 
the school. His daughter and her new 
husband have recently moved to Seattle. 
Both are recent chiropractic graduates. T 
Tim MacVean writes that his hopes are 
high that his adventurous classmates will 
choose to go to London for a special 
Atlantic Reunion next summer. T Gordie 
Martin contacted us with his new 
telephone number: 1-860-223-8431. He 
would be happy to talk with any of the 
Class. He wanted to express his sincere 
thanks to the Reunion Committee for 
making a contribution to the Annual 
Fund on his behalf and for sending him a 
plant and card in his absence from the 
Reunion. T Tony Miller allows that 
having been master of his livery 
company in London was both challeng- 
ing and social, it was a great experience. 
He is now back to being a plain stock- 
broker and new grandparent. T Rey 
Moulton was able to see both Sampras 
and Seles play tennis this summer at 
Wimbledon. He also went river rafting 
on the Salmon River in Idaho. Mean- 
while, September 26 saw the 20th 
anniversary of his company, which was 
celebrated with 300 invitees at the 
Eastern Yacht Club. T Stan Rhodes notes 
that while a Reunion in London would 
be great fun, it is also unrealistic for him. 
At present, he is enjoying being a 
grandfather and science teacher at Staples 
High School in Westport. 



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'57 



Lyman A. Cousens III 

Secretary 

4 Goodhue Road 

Boscawen, NH 03303 

(603) 796-6446 



40th Class Reunion 
June 13, 14, 15 

We guys from the Class of 1957 remem- 
ber the first television sets (round screen, 
black and white, lots of snow), and now 
we are talking about the Internet. ▼ Max 
Ule (115 pounds on the undefeated 
wrestling team of 1957) says, "Talk to me 
at http://www.maxule.com." T Ned 
Beebe (actually Cynthia Beebe) wrote 
about their retirement home-to-be in 
Naples, FL. Ned not only survived the 
real estate crash in New Hampshire, but 
business is back to pre-crash days. Thus 
the Beebes have been to the Outer Banks; 
Naples, FL; Moultonboro, NH; Greece; 
Turkey; Israel and Italy. T Frank Higgins 
writes that he has just retired after 32 
years as a sporting goods salesman, and 
is living in Naples, FL. T This may be 
the last chance I have to announce to the 
entire GDA family (I know everyone 
reads the Class of '57 notes) that the 
spring of '97 is our 40th Reunion. 
Remember when your dad had his 40th 
from somewhere? Didn't he seem old? 
Well, now you know he wasn't! Remem- 
ber our class motto: "Growing old don't 
no way mean growing up." See you 
guys at Reunion. Attendance is required! 
(Just like Saturday study hall and Sunday 
Vespers.) Be there or be gone. 



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Ralph E. Ardiff, Jr. 

Secretary 

238 Conant Street 

Danvers, MA 01923 

(508) 774-3336 



Max Brace and his wife report that they 
spend their 25th anniversary in Hawaii 
last year. They also enjoy singing at 
church on the "Music Team," for which 
he also plays the guitar. Art Sager will 
be pleased to hear that Max appreciates 
his music training at GDA. He also 
enjoys golf and fishing. T Tom Grose is 
still living in London doing technical 
research on markets and stocks. He sells 
the research to large asset managers in 
major European countries. One of his 
daughters is in her last year at St. 
Andrews, and another in her second year 
at Edinburgh University His son is a 
junior at the American School in London. 



He thinks of GDA often and feels that it 
was clearly the best educational experi- 
ence he ever had. He cordially invites 
any classmates to call on him during the 
summer at his home in Christmas Cove 
in Maine. Tom is hoping to make it to 
our 40th Reunion, which is coming up in 
June 1998. T Steve Houghton leads a 
very busy business life running 
Houghton & Company, which sponsors 
business ventures and supplies start-up 
capital. Steve reports that the company 
is making progress, which is fortunate 
since his daughter is now studying at 
Princeton. His son Steve is working with 
him in the business. His wife Nancy is 
Executive Director of the Annie Tinker 
Fund in New York City. T Bill Kittredge 
is looking for a new adventure now that 
a start-up company with which he was 
associated has been sold. His three 
children are on their own. Laura runs a 
temp agency in Marlborough. Claudia 
works for a 3-Com in Miami. His son 
William is in the construction business in 
San Diego. If anyone needs an entrepre- 
neur to turn around an existing business, 
Bill might be interested. T Ward Miles 
reported that he is "the other airline 
pilot in the class." He flies as a 727 
captain for TWA, and most of his trips 
are to the Southwest, and to Florida out 
of JFK. He even reports that he has 
heard Gump's distinctive voice on the 
radio a few times. He has been in 
Brookwood, CT, since 1973 and has one 
wife, one daughter, one son, one grand- 
daughter, two dogs and one cat. T Dr. 
Richard Morse reported that he was 
quite excited about being involved in the 
planning of the first Family Practice 
Residency Program in Kenya, which will 
involve Richard's Tenwek Hospital. The 
goal is to train Kenyan physicians, who 
will be equipped to practice medicine in 
rural hospitals and rural private practice 
rather than in towns and cities. Richard 
is in the United States until August 1997 
on furlough and hopes to be able to visit 
GDA during his travels within the States. 
▼ Nuf f Withington reported that 
everyone he voted for lost in the 1996 
elections. In that regard, Nuff is not 
alone. He also heard a rumor that Gump 
Hayden had won the lottery, which we 
presume means that there will be no 
more midnight phone calls looking for 
money. I assume that Nuff would not be 
spreading an untrue rumor, so I report it 
as fact. 



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Mirick Friend 

Secretary 

Box 540 

Mirror Lake, NH 03853 

(603) 569-3212 



John C. Elwell 

Secretary 

266 High Street 

Newburyport, MA 01950 

(508) 462-8749 



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J. Stephen Sawyer 
Secretary 

3616 Beech Run Lane 
Mechanicsburg, PA 17055 
(717) 732-3908 
73073.2063@compuserve.com 



Alan Booth writes that he is sorry to 
have missed the Reunion. He started a 
new job with Owens-Corning in June. 
He will be working on making the 
order /ship /bill process globally 
consistent. His family is fine. Stacey 
starts graduate school this month at the 
University of Texas in Austin. He is not 
traveling as much, which he says is great. 




At the Chevy Chase Club: (from left) Ed 
Dale P'81 and Katie and Dick Snowdon 
'61 join other GDA alums and friends at a 
D.C.-area reception in October. 



'62 



Thomas S. Tobey 

Secretary 

59 West Portola Avenue 

Los Altos, CA 94022 

(415) 941-5060 



35th Class Reunion 
June 13, 14, 15 



'63 



Peter P. Morrin 

Secretary 

1288 Bassett Avenue 

Louisville, KY 40204 

(502) 456-2397 



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'65 

'66 



H. Laurence Henchey Jr. 
Secretary 
8 Orris Street 
Melrose, MA 02176 
lhenchey@bbn.com 



Kenneth A. Linberg 
Secretary 

6775APasadoRoad 
Isla Vista, CA 93117 
(805) 685-1868 
linberg@lifesci.lscf.ucsb.edu 



Tim Keeney writes that the Rhode Island 
Red Cross has announced that he will 
receive their 1996 Public Servant of the 
Year Award. ▼ Jeff Weber writes that he 
has just been appointed President of 



Wanted: '66 Class Secretary 

Contact Jennifer LaCombe 

in the Alumni/ae Office 

508-465-1763 



Odyssey Productions, the production 
company for the national cable televi- 
sion network Odyssey. He will still be 
working in New York City and living 
north of New York on the Hudson River 
in Dobbs Ferry. 



'67 



Bennett H. Beach 

Secretary 

7207 Denton Road 

Bethesda, MD 20814 

(301) 951-9643 

ben_beach@tws.org 



30th Class Reunion 
June 13, 14, 15 

Andy Creed recently celebrated his 
store's 10th birthday. He is the owner of 
Teacher's Toolbox, located in the heart of 
Amesbury. It's a constant struggle not to 
be shoved under by K-Mart, CVS and the 
other big boys, but Andy's still hanging 
in there. Daughter Hannah is in the 
seventh grade. T Keith Adolph is 
working for Visa in the Bay Area and 
living in Foster City. T After 13 years as 
a selectman on Mt. Desert Island, John 
Butler is still at it, currently serving as 
Head Selectman. Mt. Desert Yacht Yard 
continues to do well, and when he gets 
the chance, John enjoys getting down to 
the Bahamas with his wife. T Another 




Go Sox!: Members of the Class of '67 gathered at 
Fenway Park to plan for their 30 th reunion. 
Standing (L-R): Paul Hemmerich, Ben Beach, 
Roger Block, Gardner Sisk. Seated (L-R): Joe 
Story, Dan Morgan, Rem Clark, Jeff Harris, Bill 
Alfond, Mike Miles. 

New England business owner, Gardner 
Sisk, reports that Gardner Mattress Corp. 
expects to open a new manufacturing 
facility in the spring. The company is 
expanding. T Carefully monitoring his 
place, Ben Beach proudly finished 67th in 
the Marine Corps Marathon last fall. His 
time was 2:46, and he is setting his sights 
on the June 14 Pie Race. Teammates 
needed. ▼ After four years of coaching 
his twins' soccer team, Jay Ryder is 
sporting a record of 38-0. Jay also 
coaches basketball and Little League 
baseball. In his spare time, he's oversee- 
ing a growing real estate management 
company in the Marion area. Jay reports 
that Hugh Munro, who spent most of his 
adult life in Canada, is now living in 
Hawaii. No details. T Bill Dougherty is 
helping Bank of America keep track of its 
customers' money. He's a portfolio 
manager in Chicago. One of Bill's sons is 
in Russia serving a mission for the 
Mormon Church. The other is at 
Annapolis. His daughters are in high 
school. ▼ If you're in Lake Worth, FL, 
stop by the Pep Boys store and ask to 
speak to the manager. You'll end up with 
Ward Westhaf er. ▼ While some of us are 




The kids: Ray Huard '67 sent in this snapshot 
of his four children, Jonathan, Spencer, Gina 
and Jeffrey. 



I still on diaper duty, Ray Huard 

I now has two sons in college. 

^^^ Spencer is at Lincoln in Springfield, 
IL. Jonathan is at Bradley in 
Peoria. Daughter Gina is a high 
school sophomore who is thinking 
about GDA in the fall. Ray's wife 
Jean is in school also, heading for a 
doctorate in environmental 
research at the University of 
Illinois. Ray is with Sears, earning 
money for tuition. T Barry 
Davidson has a sailboat moored 
outside his house on Hampton 
Creek, but he rarely gets in it these 
days. He's working as a physician 
at an urgent care center operated by 
a chain named Sentana and is trying 
to provide a good home for two 
high school children and two cats. 

Barry's living in Newport News, VA, and 

is hoping to get back for the 30th 

Reunion. 



'68 



Carl Berntsen writes that he just got a job 
driving for a florist. He has also been 
sailing in the fall; it's called frostbiting. 
If anyone is in Westchester, please look 
him up in Rye, NY. T William Black: 
"Finally acquired a PC, and it will take 
me 10 years to figure it out! Hello to 



Wanted-. '68 Class Secretary 

Contact Jennifer LaCombe 

in the Alumni/ae Office 

508-465-1763 



Josh Burns!" T Howard ("Josh") Burns 

says "Hi." He continues law practice in 
New York City. His oldest son is in 
college. He likes to fish and ski in his 
spare time. He is enjoying life, although 
the pace seems more hectic every day. 
He sends his best regards to all. ▼ Don 
Hayes writes that he got married 
November 8 to Anna. Other than 
Thanksgiving, that was enough activity 
for the month. He also adds: "By the 
way, Joe Mclntire met Anna and 
approved, but I married her anyway." T 
Charles Johnson reports that in July of 
1995, while fishing off Monomoy Island 
he was involved in a boating accident. 
As a result, his left leg was amputated, 
but as of January 1996 he has been back 
at work on the farm finding new ways to 
get the job done. T David Mitchell 
writes that he is working now at I.M.G., 
the sports marketing company. He 



The Archon - Winter 1997 31 




enjoys his work greatly. The family is all 
fine. They have three grandchildren now 
and adds that "You can't have more fun 
than that." He was back at GDA this fall. 
He recommends that if you haven't been 
back, you should go, as the new build- 
ings are great. 



'69 



Jeffrey L. Gordon 

Secretary 

Slocum, Gordon & Co. 

P.O. Box 669 

39 Mill Street 

Newport, RI 02840 

(401) 849-4900 



Wil Durham is Senior Vice President and 
Cashier of the Hilltop National Bank in 
Wyoming, where he has been working 
for 23 years. His mid-life identity crisis 
was evident in his choice of words to 
describe himself: "Old, settled, graying, 
conservative, liberal, very satisfied and 
enjoying life." Wil's memories of GDA 
are encompassed in the collective 
experience: "the classes, the setting, the 
food and the people around us." T Nat 
Follansbee has been the Director of 
Development of Loomis Chaffee for the 
past 11 years and has been at the school 
for 22 years. Between Nat and his wife 
Sally, there are five children in schools 
all over the place. (Tough going to 
games on Saturdays, I would imagine!) 
Nat claims he is still good at most 
everything and has strong memories of 
Heb Evans, John Ogden, Web Dann and 
all his classmates. T Steve Goodhue 
writes (most of which had to be edited!) 
that he is living in Montana and is in the 
cattle business. He has fond memories of 
GDA, particularly "Schultzie, Rad, Dork, 
Moe, Shay and Billie and the Butt Club." 
▼ Steve Lee still has the smallest writing 
of the Class. I think he writes that he is 
older and fatter, but fondly remembers 
the "free day," the blizzard, and his four- 
month "oh-it's-just-a-cold" mono. He 
and his wife Barbara have two boys, one 
at the University of Rhode Island and 
one in sixth grade. He owns a retail 
services business, a roofing company and 
a construction company. T Gary Martin 
has been a partner in Down East Ortho- 
pedics for 13 years. He and his wife 
Linda have four children ranging in 
grades from K-8. Gary is an active 
downhill skier and has participated in 
fund-raising events in Colorado for the 
Multiple Sclerosis Foundation. He 
would most want to remember "a little 
of each person that shaped the personal- 



ity of our great Class." ▼ Peter 
Myers is a systems programmer 
for John Hancock in Boston, 
living currently in Wenham, MA, 
with his wife Beth and son Scott, 
age 15. Pete is an active 
outdoorsman with interests in 
birding, skiing, biking, canoeing 
and kayaking. T Rick Robbins is 
the business and marketing 
manager of Whole Family Vision. 
His son Eric is currently in 
kindergarten. ▼ Shel Sacks has 
been a dentist in the Syracuse area 
for 17 years. He and his wife 
Andrea have three children, ages 
10, seven and five. Shel still skis, plays 
tennis and golf and enjoys weight-lifting 
and jogging. His memories include 
Coach Bob Anderson, Heb Evans, Val 
Wilkie, Buster Navins, the Bowl, an 
undefeated football team, Latin class and 
Mr. "Zero" (Monsieur Robinson). T Peter 
Wheeler writes that he has been with 
Commonwealth Equity for 14 years, 
currently as President and Chief Operat- 
ing Officer. Peter and his wife Elizabeth 
have three children ranging in grades 
from sixth to kindergarten. He is still 
playing hockey, skis and surfs. His 
fonder memories of GDA include Murray 
McGuirk and Joe Lilly's influence on his 
appreciation of music. 




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J. Randall Whitney III 

Secretary 

183 Nashoba Road 

Concord, MA 01742 

(508) 369-0914 

Edgar S. Catlin III 

Secretary 

45 Meadowbrook Road 

Brunswick, ME 04011 

(207) 729-3488 

Geoffrey A. Durham 

Secretary 

504 Roosevelt Drive 

Libertyville, IL 60048 

(708) 549-8407 

gdurham@allstate.com 



In D.C.: (from left) Melissa Dyer McLallen '86, Rob 
McLallen, Cindy and Jim Irving 72 attended the 
Washington-area reception at the Chevy Chase 
Club in October. 



"regular stuff," probably like most of us. 
He is coaching indoor soccer, which is a 
pretty good and exciting game. He is 
trying to play in an over-40 hockey 
league. By the way, he thinks we all 
would qualify. T Jon Davis writes that he 
has been busy working mainly as a 
consultant in the marine aquaculture 
world, focusing on genetic improvement 
programs in shellfish. He also owns and 
operates an oyster and clam aquaculture 
operation on Hood Canal, near Puget 
Sound, Washington. He is looking 
forward to the 25th Reunion. He particu- 
larly enjoyed running into Chris 
Swenson at a GDA event in Seattle last 
year. Between business and family, life is 
very full. ▼ Brian Lenane is looking 
forward to seeing everyone at the 25th 
Reunion. "Please make plans to come 
and see the recent construction, our 
beautiful campus and each other." 



25th Class Reunion 
June 13, 14, 15 

Bill Connolly writes that he left J. P. 
Morgan last year to work for a giant 
Dutch Bank ABN-AMRO. His wife 
Martha and he have four children, ages 
two to 12, and they live in New Canaan, 
CT T Peter Conway is just doing 



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Richard J. Love 

Secretary 

23 Merrimack Street 

Concord, NH 03301 

(603) 228-1530 

Pamela J.M. Toner 

Secretary 

223 Riverside Drive 

Fairfield, CT 06430 

(203) 254-2371 

ptoner@usa.pipeline.com 



David Ingrassia writes his new address 
is 14 Cobbetts Pond Road, Windham, NH 
03087. He is now a pastor at the 
Windham Bible Chapel. He and Gina 
have four children: Amanda, age 10; 



32 The Archon - Winter 1997 



Wanted: '75 Class Secretary 

Contact Jennifer LaCombe 

in the Alumni/ae Office 

508-465-1763 



with me and my family at our relatively 
new home. I'm sure we'll be sharing a 
couple of margaritas! 



Caroline, age eight; Joseph, age three; and 
Angelina, age one. T Louise Johnson 
writes that western North Carolina 
continues to be a lovely place to live, and 
Carolina Day School is a fine place to 
teach. Meili is almost two years old and 
always eager to be at school. 



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'77 



Carol Ann Goldberg- 

Aydin 

Secretary 

301 East 94th Street, 24B 

New York, NY 10128 

(212) 410-1781 

Carolyn L. Borwick 

Secretary 

95 Haseltine Street 

Bradford, MA 01835 

(508) 372-9006 



20th Class Reunion 
June 13, 14, 15 

Dave Bell and his family are enjoying 
their new home in Simsbury, CT (as of 7/ 
1/96), adjusting to their second son, 
Andrew (as of 6/6/96), and are looking 
forward to our 20th Reunion this spring. 
▼ Huw Jones was married on October 13 
to Cynthia Heydon of Boston. Jack Lu 
was his best man. Huw and Cynthia 
moved to Guilford, CT, where he is an 
attorney for Bayer Corp. in the Patents 
and Licensing Department. ▼ Beth 
Kannan wrote in, but I unfortunately lost 
her card. Those of you with children 
understand, I am sure! She is hoping to 
attend Reunion. Beth, you'd better make 
it! T Kate Tewksbury and her family are 
coming back to Beverly Farms for the 
holidays and look forward to visiting 



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'80 



Scott M. Pope 

Secretary 

25 Tidewater Farm Road 

Greenland, NH 03840 

(603) 436-2903 

Avery K. Woodworth 

Secretary 

19 Downfall Road 

Byfield, MA 01922 

(508) 463-2563 

Erica J. Goode 

Secretary 

74 R Thaxter Street 

Hingham, MA 02043 

(617) 749-7284 




The reception: Jean and Jared 
Squires '80 were married on October 
12, 1996. Jared's classmate Bill 
Bartlett was his best man. 



'81 



Jennifer G. Steward 

Secretary 

715 Main Street 

Boxford, MA 01921 

(508) 352-7694 




77-ers: Classmates Tim Richards, David 
Ham, Carrie Borwick, Chip Weickert and Mike 
Tulloch meet at GDA to plan for their 20 th 
reunion. 



Lisa Louden has returned to the area and 
is living in Marblehead. She says that 
she is surviving winter in New 
England for the first time in six years. 
She misses the warmth of North 
Carolina and Florida, but is happy to 
be back home. She is looking for a 
position in financial services. "Pam 
Kelly, where are you? Be in touch." 
▼ Susan Perry is thrilled to have 
completed her Ph.D. in philosophy. 
She is looking forward to '97, as it 
will be the first year in seven that she 
hasn't had graduate work. She had 
sad news this fall with the loss of her 
faithful dog, George. "Going to 
Nantucket will never be the same. 
I'm looking forward to a Christmas 
trip to L.A. I plan to see friends and 



sights, as well as a Melissa Etheridge 
concert. Should be a lot of fun." ▼ 
Rumor has it that Jennifer Malamud 
Shaeffner gave birth to a healthy baby 
boy named Max on November 10. 
Congratulations to all! T Mark Whitney 
has made a career move and is now 
employed as in-house counsel for the 
Tyco Corporation. He is loving the work, 
which combines his interests in business 
and law. His wife Mary Anne and their 
children Richard and Margaret are all 
well. I hope everyone enjoyed the 
holidays. I'll look forward to hearing 
more news throughout '97. 



'82 



Nancy Lord Wickwire 

Secretary 

33 Caron Road 

Bedford, NH 03110 

(603) 472-8993 

nvladwickwire@msn.com 



15th Class Reunion 
June 13, 14, 15 

Robin Fasciano-Gianis is still not 
working (outside the home) since the 
birth of Phoebe Gianis, 6/24/95. Phoebe 
and she enjoy playtime with Bonnie 
(Perkins) Mombello and her son 
Nicholas. Phoebe and Nicholas were 
born just three weeks apart. T Martha 
(Lawlor) Krauch recently had the Millers, 
Wickwires and Ryans for brunch. Emily 
Krauch (turned one in June), Ed 
Wickwire (will be two in March), and 
Gabriel had a good time taking toys 
from each other and generally partying 
down. Martha has been promoted to a 
full-time position, teaching fourth grade 
at the Westford Elementary School. It is 
keeping her busy, but she is loving it. 
Martha's e-mail is gem@krauch.com. T 
Scott Maguire is living and working in 
London. He writes, "I am working in 
corporate finance and consulting, 
concentrating on healthcare and biotech. 
Most of the work is currently focused on 
assisting Central and Eastern European 
governments on privatizing their 
healthcare systems. Scott's e-mail 
address is scott.maguire® 
arthurandersen.com. His mailing 
address is 5 Kildare Gardens, #2, London 
W2 5JS, UK. ▼ David Marglous, some- 
what closer to the Academy, has moved 
to Natick. He sends his regards to 
everyone in the Class of '82. He and his 
wife just purchased their first home in 
Natick. His new address is 14 Elwin 
Road, Natick, MA 01760. Some days he 
says, "I feel like Tom Hanks in The Money 
Pit, and other days like Tim Allen in 
Home Improvement." T Alison (Miller) 
Montague is living in Newton with 



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Class Notes 



husband Dave and their adorable son 
Gabriel, (a/k/a "Mr. Smiley"). Gabriel 
turned one on July 5. Alison continues to 
work at Lotus in Boston, where she 
occasionally runs into Heather (Vickers) 
Ryan. ▼ Heather and her husband Joe 
are expecting a baby in early March. 
Heather is still at Lotus, but has moved 
to a position that requires less traveling, 
due to her expanding family. Alison's e- 
mail is alisonmontague@crd.lotus.com. 
Heather's e-mail is heatherryan® 
crd.lotus.com. T Kim Newby offers to 
host a Reunion party for anyone who 
wants to travel to her home in Hong 
Kong. Kim is practicing international 
business law with a Seattle-based firm in 
Hong Kong. She writes, "My primary 
focus is telecommunications. I work a 
great deal with clients from Beijing. I am 
using the Chinese that I learned over the 
years almost every day. It is fascinating, 
dynamic work, and I absolutely love it." 
Kim's e-mail address is knewby® 
prestongates.com. T Mark Nichols 
writes that his wife Karen (whom 
everybody met at the 10th Reunion) and 
he have been married for three years. 
He is still working at Coopers and 
Lybrand in Boston in the tax department. 
Karen is working on her M.B.A. at 
Bentley College. They own a house in 
North Andover, and everything is great. 
They are really looking forward to 
seeing everyone at Reunion. T John 
Thomas writes that he is currently 
managing a paging company in New 
Mexico, while his wife Cindy pursues a 
public health career with the Air Force. 
His current address and telephone 
number are: John W. Thomas, 2802A 
Quay Loop, HAFB, NM 88330, (505) 479- 
0843. ▼ Paula Veale writes that all is well 
in New York. She had dinner with Trina 
Chiara last week. She sends her regards 
to Will Friend. T Nancy Wickwire says 
the major change in her life is that her 
husband Andy has left the practice of law 
to pursue an M.B.A. at the Wittemore 
School at U.N.H. He is going full time to 
this two-year program, and it keeps him 
very busy. Meanwhile, she is the 
breadwinner, fighting to get criminals 
back on the street. Their son Ed is a 
scream. Kids flip your life upside down, 
but it is really great once you are 
accustomed to hanging by your feet. 
They will be at Reunion, as will Martha, 
Heather and Alison. Seems that they 
will have a good size group, so make 
your plans now to join them June 13-15 
weekend! Everyone with an e-mail 



address who hasn't sent it in yet, please 
send e-mail addresses to Nancy 
Wickwire, and she will add yours to the 
list. Should have a pretty good directory 
going in the near future, definitely in 
time for Reunion and possibly sooner. T 
Cornelia Woodworth is still loving the 
Bay Area and is traveling much to France 
and Singapore for work. She is still 
working as a program manager for H-P, 
building network servers. Her husband 
Brett is a corporate attorney, focusing on 
venture capital, startup and merger and 
acquisition. 



My best to all of you. Please write soon 
with news! 



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'84 



Caroline S. Krause 

Secretary 

242 Locust Street 

Danvers, MA 01923 

(508) 777-2801 

Cathleen A. Riley Scerbo 

Secretary 

360 High Street 

Hampton, NH 03842 

(603) 926-4079 

scerbo@nh.ultranet.com 



Congratulations to Kristen McKenzie 
Pollard, who has a new baby boy, 
Graham. He was born in June, and is an 
easy baby who "laughs, is so curious, 
and loves to be outside." Kristen and her 
husband just bought a house in 
Marblehead. She quit her job when 
Graham was born and just started 
another occupational therapy position a 
mile from her new home, for 10 hours a 
week. Sounds like a great setup! T I 
have seen a bit of Betsy Tuthill Farrell 
and her new son Patrick this fall. Patrick 
was born in June, a week before Kristen's 
son, Graham. We have been meeting 
with Elizabeth Kimball Williams each 
week to get together at a local bagel 
shop in Newburyport. It has been a lot 
of fun talking about old times in high 
school and new times with kids. Eliza- 
beth is visiting with family here in the 
states, while husband Alan works back in 
England. She and the children will be 
heading back in January. T The Riley 
Scerbo family is doing well. Sean and 
Drew are continuing to do well, and Dan 
and I are enjoying them immensely. I 
keep telling my husband that I want a 
couple more, but I don't have him 
convinced yet. I will be heading back to 
the office in the beginning of January. 
Both of the kids will be in daycare at 
John Hancock — one of the things that 
makes being a working mom bearable! 



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Nathalie E. Ames 

Secretary 

2355 N. Commonwealth 

Avenue 

Chicago, IL 60614 

(312) 883-1325 



Thanks for all your replies! Bevin 
Cherot has been doing some interesting 
things. He writes, "Hi. I finally get to 
leave Ft. Drum, NY, and head south for 
warmer weather in Alabama. I am still 
flying attack helicopters for the Army, 
but I'm a staff officer now as a captain. 
Staff is not good. I am going to the 
advanced course, and then I'm off to 
either Korea or Hawaii. Big events for 
me this summer, world free fall conven- 
tion in Quincy, IL. This is a truly 
awesome party, the world mardi gras of 
skydiving. I am working on my D 
license, and then will go for my instruc- 
tor rating. I was flying a lot until 
September, and then I became a staff 
person. I wanted to make 10th Reunion, 
but I was in aircraft transition at the 
time. Any other pilots or skydivers out 
there please write! I'm at 103711, 
425@compuserve.com. T Sean 
Flemming is still doing research at the 
University of Wisconsin, Madison. If 
anyone is interested in contacting him, 
try his e-mail: fleming@pheno.physics 
.wis.edu. ▼ Gabrielle Marie Fusco was 
born September 18, 1996. She and her 
brother are doing well, writes Anthony 
Fusco. He has passed the Mass. Bar and 
anticipates working in the Arlington 
area in general practice. T Anna (Hill) 
Gerry says hi to everyone. She is now 
living in Newburyport with her husband 
Mark. They bought a house last summer. 
She writes, "I am still coaching soccer 
and lacrosse at GDA, and I also have an 
office in town where I do massage 
therapy. I'd love to hear from Meredith 
and Dinah." Her new address is: 17 
Lincoln Street, Newburyport, MA 01950. 
T Courtney Church Goldthwait is 
working for a wine wholesale /distribu- 
tor. She is selling wine to restaurants 
and stores in downtown Boston. She is 
expecting a little one in early January 
and is very excited!! She says "Life is 
grand." T Jeff Kelly writes, "I'm still 
teaching Latin at GDA, as well as 
advising the Milestone, and living in 
Perkins. The yearbook uses desktop 
publishing now, George, so things are 



34 The Archon - Winter 1997 



much easier. The academic life is intense, 
but fun, and the school is really progress- 
ing. If anyone is visiting campus, please 
stop by." T Robert Lessard writes, "Hi. 
I'm currently the cruise missile officer at 
the Atlantic Fleet Combat Training 
Center, working on developing an 
advanced Tomahawk missile weapon 
control system. I have almost completed 
a master's program in nuclear engineer- 
ing at the University of Virginia." T 
Quinn Pollock is doing well in Washing- 
ton D.C. He was transferred there two 
years ago, and is selling vet pharmaceu- 
ticals in Maryland, northern Virginia and 
part of West Virginia. He saw Sam 
Blatchford at a GDA reception in D.C. ▼ 
Katrina Ramsey sounds busy too! She 
writes, "Things in Vermont are snowy. It 
seems like we're getting a head start on 
the snow season. I'm looking forward to 
doing a lot of skiing this winter, and now 
that Mitchell is three, he is all set to hit 
the slopes as well! Eleanor is a real 
good-natured baby, and full of energy. I 
think she may be walking by Christmas. 
I have gone back to work full time with 
Merck, and things are busier than ever. I 
keep telling myself that I'd rather be 
busy than bored, but being bored once in 
a while might be a nice change. Happy 
Holidays!!" T Jon Sanders writes, "Hi, I 
graduated from U.N.H. (Magna Cum 
Laude), with a B.A. in studio art, last May. 
I got engaged to Amy Dube from 
Hampton, NH, last summer. I'm still 
skiing professionally in Japan for five 
weeks this winter, as well as head coach 
at Loon freestyle program in New 
Hampshire." T Much has happened in 
Jill Twomey Stewart's life. She was 
married in June '95 to Brad Stewart. 
They lived in Ithaca, NY, for two years 
while Brad completed his M.B.A. at 
Cornell. They moved to New Jersey this 
summer. Brad is working in New York 
City. On September 22, 1996 they 
welcomed the arrival of their baby boy, 
Connor Burke Stewart. Hill had one 
week to recuperate before attending her 
brother Chris' ('86) wedding on Block 
Island. She is enjoying motherhood 
tremendously and wishes everyone a 
happy 1997! T James Tagg recently sent 
me a very impressive information packet 
on his company Evan Thomas Associates, 
Inc. Jim is a managing partner, and an 
executive search consultant in Tampa, FL. 
▼ Kelly Vandal was married on August 
9, 1996 to Amos Gulezian. The couple is 
living in Haverhill, MA, and Kelly is 
managing Victoria's Secret in the 
Pheasant Lane Mall in Nashua, NH. ▼ 
Becky Werner writes, "As we spoke, 
things are busy here. Matthew turns one 
on November 20 th , and his new brother 



or sister will be arriving in March! Six 
months pregnant and chasing after a one- 
year-old defines busy!" ▼ As for me, 
things are busy as usual. I enjoyed 
visiting Meredith Lazo McPherron at her 
new home in Minneapolis this summer. 
She and Matt have a cute new Vizsla 
puppy, which I adored. Meredith looks 
great, and is busy at General Mills. I 
speak to Dinah Daley often. She is doing 
well. She sees Becky Werner and her 
family often, and has told me that Esmee 
Huggard is engaged to be married. 
Dinah will be a bridesmaid in the 
wedding. Congratulations, Esmee!! ▼ I 
love selling real estate and raising my 
daughter. She is the apple of my eye. We 
are going to spend the holidays at our 
family's country house. I look forward 
to a few quiet days. I have finally gotten 
an e-mail address: natames@aol.com. 
Please keep in touch. The Alumni Office 
is looking for current addresses for the 
following people: Kate Cook, Lisa 
Demeri, Tom DiNanno, Tim Maxfield 
and Rob Turner. If you know where they 
are, please let us know. Thanks. 



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Jennifer L. Dupre 

Secretary 

33R Yale Avenue 

Wakefield, MA 01880 

(617) 245-9646 



Kimberly Mooney married Patrick 
McNulty on August 17 th at St. Rose of 
Lima Church in Topsfield. Hedi Dur was 
a bridesmaid, and Carey Quinn- 
Girolami, Lee Hayman and Kim Carey- 
Rochford attended as guests. The couple 
honeymooned at Triple Creek Ranch in 
Montana. 



'87 



Amy F. Mack 

Secretary 

300 Mystic Valley 

Parkway 

Arlington, MA 02174 

(617) 641-1744 

amack@mcgraw-hill.com 



10th Class Reunion 
June 13, 14, 15 

Hello, hello, Class of 1987! Are we ready 
for Reunion? It's coming up, and I'm 
happy to say that it looks like lots of 
people will be coming, so don't be the 
loser and miss it. I have received many 
postcards and e-mails from all of you, 
and I do appreciate it. One note to e- 
mailers: I'm sorry for not returning 
messages right away. I promise that 
someday I will be able to respond to 
everyone. Don't stop e-mailing, though. 
Also, some snail mail users have 



mentioned that their news doesn't seem 
to make it into the Archon. Again, I often 
get postcards after GDA's deadline for 
Notes, in which case I save them for next 
time around, which is now, so here goes. 
T Chris Dobrosielski is a perfect 
example of this. Yes, Chris, I've gotten 
your notes, just a little late! Chris 
reports helping out at the convention in 
San Diego with Jim Budd, Carlos 
Brockmann '88, James Denman '89 and 
Mike Curtis. What a crowd! How did 
you find all those guys, Chris, and are 
you bringing them to Reunion? T 
Jennifer Griffin is a freelance editor and 
writer in New York City, and is waiting 
for her book, Frugal Indulgents, to be 
published this April. Bring it to Re- 
union, Jenn. Food is always good! T 
Lisa Carrigg reports from New York 
City that she is just about to get her 
masters from N.Y.U., and is doing lots of 
freelance work in her new field of multi- 
media, web sites and producing mostly. 
T Pam Chase writes gleefully about her 
wedding in August to Troy Paradee on 
their land in Bethel, VT She and Troy 
have just bought a house and are busy 
filling it with appliances in their spare 
time from school duties. T Anita (Russo) 




Newlyweds: Kimberly Mooney 
McNulty '86 and her new husband 
Thomas McNulty were married 
August 17, 1996 in Topsfield. 

Bartschat attended the wedding as did 
Heather Moore '88. Anita has moved 
with husband Mike and son Christoph 
Michael, born April 30, 7 lbs. 2 oz. in 
Troy, MI. Her new telephone number is 
(810) 299-4299. "If anyone is in the 
Detroit area, please call." T Buzz 
Crocker writes from Chicago that he has 
officially changed his name to Doug, 
which is his legal name. Bummer, Buzz 
is better. T Glen Distefano reports that 
he and his wife Lisa are celebrating their 
fourth year wedding anniversary Wow! 
Congrats you guys, I can't even remem- 



The Archon - Winter 1997 35 




Good friends: Heather (Moore) Roche '88 
(left) and Anita (Russo) Bartschat '87 flank 
Pam (Chase) Paradee '87 at her August 
wedding in Bethel, VT. 
ber four years ago. They are living in 
Derry NH, and work in Manchester. 
Glen has also confirmed that Jeff Katz 
has indeed married Lisa Goldberg! T 
Melissa Even ("Missy" though I don't 
think she likes that anymore) also writes 
that she is back from San Francisco, to go 
to law school at Northeastern. She'd 
love to hear from anyone at meven® 
slaw.neu.edu. T Aaron Gartland writes 
from somewhere that his job as a 
Mortgage Originator (?) keeps him busy, 
as does, I assume, his upcoming June 
wedding! Congrats, Aaron. I expect full 
details at you know what, also in June. T 
Kobi writes that Ann Blair's wedding to 
Jonathan Silvers in San Francisco was 
wonderful, as were the vineyards 
apparently. Sue Brackbill, Allison 
Richard and Jenn Todd were also at the 
wedding, having a great time by all 
accounts. Kobi is working for the 
Massachusetts Division of Maine 
Fisheries at Cat Cove Maine Lab in 
Salem, and she is proud that her car still 
runs. Ann (Blair) Silvers herself writes 
that, yes, the wedding was great and the 
Hawaiian honeymoon was even better, 
obviously. T Shanie Halpern writes that 
she will really try to make it to Reunion, 
all the way from Colorado, where she is 
currently getting ready to start skiing. T 
Chris McMorris says graduate school at 
Columbia University's Historic Preserva- 
tion program is going well, though it's 
challenging. He saw Jason Maloney in 
September, who is living in New York 
City and working for ABC-TV. Jason, that 
sounds pretty neat. Any details you can 
tell us about? ▼ Lyndsay Rowan is still 
happy and skiing in Jackson, WY, and is 
also illustrating a children's book out 
there. ▼ And, be still my heart, Mike 
Zraket has officially mailed in his very 
first GDA postcard. See everyone, 
miracles can happen, and I'm taking it as 
a sign that Reunion will be filled with 



unexpected attendees. Mike writes that 
he is living in D.C. and working at a 
"think tank." Huh? Mike, explain at 
Reunion, please. He keeps in touch with 
Jeff Ashworth and Taylor Twining. 
Speaking of miracles, will I ever hear 
from Mr. Twining himself? Rumor has it 
that he's married and everything. I'm 
sure we'll see them at Reunion. T 
Speaking of Jeff Ashworth, a very steady 
postcarder, a few of us saw him at the 
GDA Holiday Gathering in December, 
and he seems great. Of course, he's 
closer to the Red Sox up here, so no 
wonder. Yes, he was wearing a very 
festive baseball tie when I saw him. He 
reports that he's happy to be back in 
Boston, and spends a lot of time with his 
brother Rob '89, his girlfriend Stacy, and 
he tries to skate and play some hoops 
whenever he can. T I've seen some other 
classmates around, including Amy 
Goldstein, who makes a great no-passing 
lane, by the way, if you're ever in need of 
one for Halloween, as I was. Together 
we were a highway. Photos will be 
available at our June gathering, maybe. 
I've also bumped into John Brennan, 
who was another attendee at the holiday 
bash, where he played the piano, 
beautifully, of course. He is now an 
associate at Rossman, Rossman and 
Echellbacher in Boston. At this point, I 
must include my own disclaimer about 
my complete inability to spell law 
offices. Apparently I've been shredding 
Rob Delena's firm — Testa, Hurwitz & 
Thibeault. I guess it's really Smith, 
Smith and Smith, and I've been trying 
too hard. Actually, Rob will be changing 
firms, for my sake, in January. Of course, 
I can't remember the new firm's name. 
Whew. He also made it to the Holiday 





Mini-reunion: Class of '87 members (L-R) 
Susan Brackbill, Allison Richard, Ann Blair, 
Kristen Kobialka and Jennifer Todd gathered in 
October for Blair's marriage to Jonathan Silver. 
The bride is the daughter of former GDA 
faculty members Mary and Stephen Blair '62. 



Gathering, as did I, Jim Andriotakis and 
Paula McCarthy, who is employed, by the 
way, by Lotus as a Systems Account 
Manager. It really was a great time, 
especially after Jimmy broke out some 
pharmaceuticals and started telling his 
Irish jokes, and Paula started singing 
with the choir. T That's about all I have, 
and I think that's plenty. I can't tell you 
all how much I am looking forward to 
seeing you in June, and how excited I am 
that so many people have offered their 
services as the next Class Secretary. Yes, 
there's a little sarcasm for you, but I'm 
sure the offers will come flooding in 
soon, right? Also, if anyone has any info 
on the following M.I.A. classmates, 
please let me know: David Daumit, Ben 
Williams, Tracy Bodge, George Philipp, 
Ann Taylor, David Bonenko and Taylor 
Twining. Thanks much for all the news! 
See you soon! 



Erika J. S. Buell 

Secretary 

811 President Street 

Brooklyn, NY 11215 

(718) 399-8739 

eqs9974@is.nyu.edu 



Engagements, weddings — and now 
children and mortgages — abound! Andy 
Noel writes that things are going well 
for him at Cardigan Mountain School. 
He recently became engaged to Ms. Katie 
Martin and is planning an August 23rd 
wedding on the coast of Maine. He also 
sends congrats to Chris D'Orio who also 
was recently engaged to be married. 
Andy sends greetings to "Sully, Al 
Moody, Martin LaCroix, and the 'boys'." 
▼ Anne Weitzman recently visited 
Deana Boyages and her new baby girl 
Alexis (10/18/96) in Topsfield, MA. 
Anne is still living in New Jersey, doing 
well, and thinks we're all too young to 
have our 10th Reunion in two years. T 
Matt Caron continues teaching history at 
the Kildowan School and he recently 
coached the 11-4-0 varsity soccer team to 
their first W.N.E.PS.S.A. Soccer Champi- 
onships in 27 years! T Kristina von 
Trapp is teaching skiing on Snowman 
Mountain in Aspen, CO (P. O. Box 6425, 
Snowmass Village, CO 81615). She's 
bummed that she missed Nancy Hough's 
Aspen wedding. We're wishing you all 
the best, Nancy. ▼ Cindy (Draper) 
Hatfield just made the big plunge and 
bought a 166-year-old house with a barn. 
Her address is: P. O. Box 165 Elmwood, 
MA 02337-0165. I had the pleasure of 



36 The Archon - Winter 1997 



seeing Cindy and meeting her husband 
John at my wedding in Newport, RI, this 
August. After the wedding, Sam and I 
spent some time rock climbing in New 
Hampshire, hiking and backpacking in 
Maine, and relaxing in Quebec. Now 
we're back in New York City and are 
enjoying our "newlywed" status. T 
David Adams (via e-mail from Natick) is 
working in the Packaging Development 
Department at Boston Scientific, and just 
received his masters degree in engineer- 
ing management from Northeastern. 
Congrats! Recently, he has been in 
contact with Eric Gilman and Luke 
Gilfeather, whom all can locate via their 
homepage called GILMIX on the 
earthlink network, or via traditional 
means. They live in Somerville. He has 
also talked to Dan Morrison, who is still 
living in New York City, and is wonder- 
ing if there are other GDA alums in the 
area. Dan recently called Mark Edwards, 
and they hope to see each other soon. 
More happy news from the Class of '88: 
Mark and his wife, Jennifer, were blessed 
with a baby boy named Daniel Micaiah 
on September 13, 1996. They live in a 
Christian community in upstate New 
York, near Glens Falls. T Paul Bucci is 
getting married in May, and has already 
purchased a house in Cranston. He was 
re-elected to the Cranston School Com- 
mittee in November, so he's been very 
busy. The GDA Alumni and Development 
Office is looking for the addresses of a 
few people: Robert Alperin, Anthony 
D'Orazio, Patricia Walton, Brendon 
O'Brien and David Schwartz. Anyone 
with information should contact either 
me or GDA. Thanks. 



'89 



Kristin A. Brown 
Secretary 
One Elm Street 
Byfield, MA 01922 
(508) 462-0752 
brown@gda.org 



Greetings! Hope everyone had a safe 
and happy holiday season, and I wish 
you all a fun and successful 1997! Nate 
Broehl is working at Morton's of 
Chicago in Denver. He says, "Kinda 
funny name, huh? Love the mountains. 
Hello to all!" T Yes, I have another 
wedding announcement to make: Jessica 
Cowles is now engaged and is busy 
planning her wedding for next July. She 
says it doesn't seem that far away. She 
enjoys working in Boston and says she 
sees Don Conley a lot because he works 
for her travel agency. She sees Jenn a lot, 
too, of course. ▼ Cheryl Cutler (nee 
Tucker) is moving to 123 Littleton Road 
#12 Ayer, MA 01463, and is now working 



full time at Fleet Bank in Tewksbury. She 
is glad to be off that sandbar (Cape Cod). 
▼ Chante Lampton says things are going 
well. "I just started a new job. I am an 
Acquisitions Associate at N.A.S.W. Press. 
I love working in the D.C. area. I also 
recently visited Charisse Charley in New 
York City. We had a blast!" T Cate 
MacLachlan writes, "I have no wedding 
plans yet, but my boyfriend and I bought 
a house together in Burlington, VT. 
Obviously, we really like it here and plan 
to stay for a while. I am working with 
Legal Aid, providing legal assistance and 
community education to low income 
Vermonters. I learn something new 
every day, and I really enjoy it. 
Congratulations to all the upcoming 
newlyweds!" T I was excited to 
write this issue as I have some news 
on some long lost classmates such as 
Jeanette Morss, who writes: "First 
of all, I apologize for not staying 
updated, but I have been moving 
around a lot the past three years. I 
have been on the seasonal biologist 
circuit and have lived in Colorado, 
New Jersey and several states in 
between. Most of my work has 
involved censusing and banding 
hawks and songbirds, but I have also 
spent some time as a naturalist. I 
took a hiatus for two months in the 
spring of 1996 to backpack through 
Central America, an experience I 
would recommend to anyone, although it 
didn't seem to improve my Spanish 
much. Maybe next time. Right now, I am 
in my first semester at the University of 
Illinois, getting an M.S. in conservation 
biology. I will at least be settled here for a 
couple of years." Sounds very exciting, 
Jeanette! Good luck with graduate 
school. T Dan Nadeau hopes everyone 
had a great holiday season. He says, "I 
was recently promoted to office manager 
for my company's downtown location at 
99 Summer Street. I spent four days in 
Paris with three friends in early Novem- 
ber and spent Thanksgiving in Naples, 
FL, with family and friends. I partici- 
pated in a paint ball competition with 
fellow classmates Rob Wattie, Matt 
Downing, Rob Ashworth, Derek Van 
Vliet and Jeff Ashworth '87. T Hyun 
Young Shin is still the perpetual student. 
This year he joined yet another school to 
continue his education. He his started his 
legal education at Georgetown Law 
School. He says, "The first year is 
extremely hectic, and I promise you this 
will be the last stage of my formal 
education!" T Scott Singer writes, "Rick, 
Cate, Nate, Glenn Johnson, Liz, where are 
you? I am in Spain, where I have been for 
almost eight years now, first in Salamanca 



and then Madrid. I am working in a play 
as an accordionist. My French philology 
studies continue as well. Mi direccion es: 
c/Cabestreros, 15, 3B/28012 Madrid, 
Spain. My e-mail is scotty@dns.pikorzo 
.es. T Sepp Spenlinhauer just started 
graduate school for a masters in lighting 
design at Parsons School of Design in 
New York City. "Everything else is great. 
Anyone in New York City, feel free to 
contact me at Webster Hall Night Club." 
T John Wilson (a/k/a Bucket) writes, "I 
hope all is well in New England. I have 
recently returned to Dallas as a producer 
for Game Day Productions. We work on 




The Russells: Amy Russell '89 wed Tom 
Sheeran in June on the Boston College campus. 
Her parents and sister Ashley '95 are pictured to 
the right of the bride. 



television sports programming in the 
D.F.W metroplex. I ran into Joe Bailey 
'88 recently in a bar. He is the assistant 
GM. for the Dallas Burn soccer team." T 
I was happy to see so many of you at the 
Holiday Gathering in Boston. It was a 
great time to catch up and see fellow 
alums, as well as many teachers. Thanks 
for coming and helping to make it such a 
successful evening! 



90 



91 



Robin A. Remick 

Secretary 

145 4th Avenue, #4H 

New York, NY 10003 

(212) 353-0303 

Lori I. Weener 

Secretary 

331 Garden Street, #2 

Hoboken, NJ 07030 

(201) 714-7395 

Nicole F. LaTour 

Secretary 

127 W. 56th Street 

New York, NY 10019 



Happy new year everyone. I just want to 
thank everyone for making Reunion such 
a success. We have now set a precedent 



The Archon - Winter 1997 37 



Class Notes 



for attendance, and I think that it is fair to 
say that a great time was had by all. Just 
think: our 10th Reunion is only four years 
away so plan accordingly. I guess an 
apology is in order for the lack of notes in 
the last Archon. However, I would like 
the record to show that I did in fact write 
something, but amidst Reunion, my 
moving and going on my sixth year as 
Class Secretary (was there a vote at 
Reunion?), there was bound to be a blank 
spot at some point. Besides, it makes you 
appreciate the column and compels one 
to write in, doesn't it? I am now living in 
New York City and working at Miramax 
Films. I am happy to say that I am not 
alone here in this crazy city. Over the 
holidays, Stephen Aron, who has 
graduated from Tulane, and is now 
working at an investment firm in New 
York, Matt Murphy, and I were all in 
attendance at Catherine Tuthill's holiday 
party. Catherine saw Billy Batchelder 
this fall in New York. Billy is living in 
North Andover and working at ADR T A 




From '91: Phil Gatchell, Lindsey Miller 
and Merrideth Kalil catch up at the GDA 
Holiday Gathering. 

hearty congratulations to our most active 
New York classmate, Alexis Colby, who 
successfully completed the 1996 New 
York City Marathon! ▼ Nick Dunham is 
also in the New York hustle and bustle, 
and is busy working at DMB&B advertis- 
ing. Nick made a few trips back to 
Boston, where he caught up with Jason 
Uttam, who has graduated from Colby 
Sawyer College, and Phil Gatchell, who 
is now working at State Street Bank and 
busy with his band. T Stratton Newbert, 
Easton Craft, Matt Murphy, and 
Catherine Tuthill had a mini-reunion of 
sorts at the Grog in Newburyport over 
Thanksgiving. Stratton is still working at 
an engineering firm in Andover. Easton 
is a full-time student again at Emerson 
College. ▼ Also in Boston are Toby 
Levine and Leah Colangelo. Toby has 



recently moved to a new place in Back 
Bay. In attendance at her housewarming 
party were Leah and Jen Jasse. Leah is 
still working for a community newspaper 
in Westboro, and Jen Jasse was home 
temporarily from Korea, where she loved 
her teaching post. She has returned to 
Korea for at least another year. T I was in 
Washington D.C, and got together with 
Karen Queen, who is a paralegal at a 
very prominent firm in D.C, and quite 
busy with her own law school applica- 
tions. T Also involved in the D.C. law 
scene is Mia Lindenfelzer, who is in her 
second year at American University, and 
is looking for summer jobs in various 
cities on the east coast. ▼ Leslie McCant 
is dividing her time between her apart- 
ment in Alexandria and her mother's 
home in Baltimore, as she eagerly awaits 
her date for surgery. This surgery has 
long been awaited, and by next issue, I'm 
sure that Leslie will be well on the road to 
recovery. Please know that our thoughts 
are with you Leslie. T Believe it or not, 
there are some weddings to report. 
Congratulations to Dave Graichen, who 
was married this fall in Wisconsin. Andy 
Tanton was in his wedding party, and 
both Dave Corbett and Brian Novelline 
were in attendance from Chicago. ▼ 
Wedding bells were ringing for Stacia 
Piacente, who was married in November 
in Hawaii. Ruby Van Loan was in 
Hawaii for the ceremony. Congratula- 
tions are in order for Ruby as well, as she 
graduated from TJ.V.M. in December, 
with a B.A. in social work. Ruby will be 
living in Portsmouth, NH, after gradua- 
tion. T I hope that you all have a 
wonderful winter, and I hope to hear 
from many of you soon. If you are ever 
in New York City, please give me a call. 
My door is always open. 



'92 



Joshua C. Lappin 

Secretary 

31 Wheelhouse Lane 

Mashpee, MA 02649 

(508) 539-1230 



Opportunity 
in GDA Admissions 

The Academy has an entry-level 
position available in its Admis- 
sions Office for a hard-working 
alumna/us. For further informa- 
tion, please send your resume 
and telephone number to Peter 
K.Werner, Director of Admis- 
sions, Governor Dummer Acad- 
emy, Byfield, MA 01922, or 
e-mail: pwerner@gda.org. 



5th Class Reunion 
June 13, 14, 15 

Picture this: You are a young sophomore 
at GDA on a Friday night. The movie 
being shown in Thompson didn't interest 
you, and the Humanities trip to Sheer 
Madness was full. The French Building is 
empty, and there is nobody in your 
dorm. You have absolutely nothing to 
do but sit in the lobby of Phillips and 
talk with whoever' else might be there. 
Suddenly, you notice noise coming out of 
the dining hall. You think to yourself, 
"It's too late for anyone to be eating 
dinner now. Who can it be?" Being the 
inquisitive adolescent that you are, you 
creep over to that large sliding door, 
peek your head around, and there before 
you are more than 100 men and women 
in suits drinking cocktails and eating 
food that you never imagined could have 
come from a GDA kitchen. "What is 
this?" you ask yourself almost out loud. 
"What could possibly prompt such a 
well-to-do sit-down dinner function at 
this hour?" Then it hits you. The old 
people are back. The next thing you 
know, the alumni /ae pour out of the 
dining hall, half in the bag, laughing 
ferociously, patting each other on the 
back and exchanging stories about what 
it was like in the old days. You hear all 
this and wonder, "Will I ever get to be as 
cool as these guys?" You need not 
wonder any more. Not only have we 
arrived at the point where we can go 
back to GDA and not know any of the 
students, we also look old. I know this 
because I was one of these alumni/ae 
who attended the Leadership Society 
dinner this past fall. I could not help but 
notice the students who sat out on the 
couches in Phillips, whose only activity 
on that Friday was to sit around and 
hope that it would be possible to steal 
some of the food after the alumni/ae 
were done eating. Of course, I felt it 
necessary to strike up a conversation with 
a group of these students and relay my 
own stories. I'm sure now that I bored 
the poor kids to death, but it was a lot of 
fun at the time. My point is this: It's 
great to go back to Governor Dummer. I 
remember thinking Reunion was light 
years away when they told me in 1992 
that I would be helping to plan out the 



38 The Archon - Winter 1997 



big event. Now, it is just a matter of 
months. My Gap career is officially over 
and I am now working at my old junior 
prep school, Fessenden, as an academic 
and organizational skills tutor. When I'm 
not tutoring, I act as a substitute teacher, 
and at night and on every other weekend 
I have residential duty. I was lucky 
enough to get an apartment, but unfortu- 
nately not a dorm. I live in the Health 
Center. This winter I will be coaching 
wrestling, which I know nothing about. 
Wish me luck! T Stephen Aron is 
working in New York for Weiss, Peck & 
Greer, where he is a stock trader. Steve 
had a chance to see Michelle Paradis '91. 
T Other news that comes from foreign 
territories includes that of Tom Forcier, 
who is studying law in London. Tom 
writes, "It's a horrible shame that pub life 
can't be transported back to the U.S.A. 
Life almost revolves around the pubs 
here, especially for students — every day 
a pint after lectures, or before." ▼ Patrick 
Gervais is working up in Montreal and 
would like to hear from Todd Spain, 
Chris Rodes and Mark Foster. (Having a 
tough time getting in contact with each 
other? Another good reason to go to 
Reunion.) ▼ Out in the booming me- 
tropolis of Worcester resides Barry Hugo, 
who is in the middle of his first year of 
med school at UMass. Barry is still 
working like mad, but still makes sure to 
enjoy being close to home once again. ▼ 
Grace Jeanes is working in Boston, where 
she has been running into Candice 
Denby, Cassie Wickes, Carrie O'Keef e 
'89, Allison Magee and Lindsay Curley 
'89. T Hoyt Morgan wrote in with news 
of a new job in Boston. Hoyt lives in 
Copley Place and works in Cambridge, 
doing market and strategic planning for 
start-up companies. T Christina Morss 
will be graduating from Middlebury this 
February. This summer, she worked for 
the Wolf Education and Research Center 
in Idaho. Christina hopes to go to Costa 
Rica in March to visit friends and then 
work in wildlife rehabilitation in 
Washington state. ▼ Justin Philbrick is 
still the business manager at his family's 
nursing home in Fremont. While Justin 
reports that nothing exciting has 
happened in the past few months, he was 
glad to run into Nick Tibbetts. T Chris 
Ruggerio is working in New Jersey for a 
contracting company, but is looking 
forward to coming up to Boston to help 
work on the Reunion Committee. T 
From the close-to-home file comes news 
of Tara Ryan, finishing up her studies at 
B.C. Tara is now living in Newton with 
her sister and is working part time for 
her family business, Ryan Finance. Tara 
will start working there full time after 



graduating. T Andre Sheffield (making 
his Archon debut!) is starting his own 
business. After graduating from 
Colgate, Dre decided that the best way to 
get the job he wanted was to create it 
himself. Andre writes, "I figured out 
how to make great money doing 
something positive for the environment. 
The short time I've been in operation, 
business has increased a great deal. I'm 
currently looking for people to work full 
or part time in their respective states to 
expand the business." Dre can be reached 
at (718) 525-7190. ▼ Straight out of 
Riegelsville, PA, comes news from Miles 
van Rensselaer, who has been spending 
quality time wielding hundred pound 
crucibles of molten metals around in a 
bronze foundry while kicking goats and 
developing silicosis. Miles writes, "Come 
back, Timmy (Tim Ghetto, maybe?) Mrs. 
Oodsen's calling . . . and the pigs have 
revoked my drivers license. ▼ Brooke 
Whiting is in Washington, D.C., interning 
at the Smithsonian and the Hillwood 
Museum for the fall. Brooke sees a lot of 
Pam Kirtz, who is also working in D.C. T 
Peter Mooney is currently in Los Angeles 
attending the University of Southern 
Calif ormia studying for a master's degree 
in Professional Writing. Peter and Jon 
Costello drove cross-country in Decem- 
ber, with a few side trips to the Grand 
Canyon, San Diego and Las Vegas for 
New Year's Eve!! 



'93 
'94 



Saundra E. Watson 
Secretary 
Lesley College 
47 Oxford Street 
Cambridge, MA 02138 
(617) 497-7334 

Kristen L. Marvin 
Secretary 

2140 L Street NW, #704 
Washington, DC 20037 
(202) 496-0726 
marvs@gwis2.circ.gwu.edu 



With the fall coming to an end, everyone 
is planning for a few holiday breaks. T 
Nicole Abdulla, Catherine Perry and 
Matt Prunier have been pretty busy with 
school and are looking forward to 
spending some time at home. Nicole is 
here with Matt and me, attending George 
Washington University for the year. T 
Erin Canavin has been working during 
the fall semester and is planning to 
return to Drew University in the Spring. 
Tom Collet is at the University in the 
Netherlands, where he is studying 
international economics. He is having 
fun, even though it's a lot of work. ▼ 
Kasey McGarrigle is enjoying Barnard 



and New York City. When I spent a 
weekend with her, she took me to all the 
major tourist attractions, and we did have 
the chance to meet Anne Savage '93 for 
lunch. T John Trevarthen writes that he 
just wanted to let everyone know that 




Catching up: Class of '94ers Matt Prunier, 
Nicole Abdulla and Catherine Perry meet at 
the D.C. -area reception in October. 

he's finishing this semester at Western 
Illinois University and then taking a job 
he has been offered. He will be a police 
officer in Melrose Park, IL, and will finish 
his undergrad at some random college, 
which he hasn't found yet. ▼ Chunbai 
Zhang is now a visiting student at 
Pembroke College at Oxford University. 
He is studying biochemistry and chemis- 
try and next semester will be graduating 
from Haverford, possibly writing his 
thesis on biophysical chemistry. T I hope 
everyone is doing well and I hope to hear 
from more people next Archon. 



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Laura B. Barnes 

Secretary 

1201 South McClintock 

Drive, #221 

Tempe, AZ 85281 

(602) 804-1593 

Jeffrey R. LaBelle 
Secretary 
Hamilton College 
198 College Hill Road 
Clinton, NY 13323 

(603) 668-5906 

Janna Panall 

Secretary 

490 Main Street 

Amesbury, MA 01913 

(508) 388-7098 



C. Bradley Russell writes: "I just spent 
the first semester of school in 
Cuernavaca, Mexico, studying Spanish 
and living with a Mexican family. It was 
an incredible experience and I learned to 
love Mexico, the food, weather, language 
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SWEATSHIRTS (All are 80% - 95% cotton)(S,M,L,XL) 

Ash Gray, crew neck, "Governors," large "G" on back 

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Ash Gray, "Governor Dummer Academy" 

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Ash Gray, crew neck, children's "Governors" 

SWEATER 

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GDA Chair (black hardwood with cherry arms ) 

Glassware (Set of six highball glasses) 

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Necktie (Little Red School House on blue field) 

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